Lucknow: Dozens of posters claiming Congress President Rahul Gandhi was ‘missing’ from Amethi come up in his parliamentary constituency, ahead of polling. The posters carrying photographs of people, apparently from Amethi, asked,”15 years x 365 days = 5,475 days. Where was Amethi MP?”
The posters were pulled down on the orders of the Returning Officer following complaints from the Congress party. Meanwhile, it is yet to be ascertained who got the posters printed and pasted across the constituency.
Interestingly, this was not the first time such posters appeared in Amethi. ‘Missing’ posters for Rahul Gandhi have appeared several times in his constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Gandhi has been representing Amethi for the past 15 years. The parliamentary constituency was won by the Congress president in 2014 general elections against BJP leader and Union Minister Smrit Irani by a margin of over one lakh votes. This time also, the constituency will witness a tough battle between Gandhi and Irani.
The seat has long been a stronghold of the Congress, which has not been defeated here in three decades — barring in 1998, when the BJP’s Sanjay Singh defeated Satish Sharma of the Congress by a margin of 23,270 votes. Amethi was regained by the Congress in 1999 when Sonia Gandhi was elected MP from there.