New Delhi: Ahead of the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 on May 6, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday wrote a letter to the people of Amethi, addressing them as his family ‘Mera Amethi parivar ‘. In his letter, Gandhi urged the people of his constituency to vote him back as their MP and promised to push schemes for the region as soon as ‘the party forms government at the centre’.
“It is my promise to the people of Amethi that the moment Congress comes to power at the centre, the schemes blocked by the BJP will be started soonest. On 6 May, vote in large numbers to bring back this member of the family,” writes the Congress president.
” Whole of country is standing against BJP’s five-year injustice. My Amethi family knows that BJP sets up ‘factory of lies’ and distributes ‘rivers of cash’ to woo voters during elections but BJP does not know that Amethi’s strength is its ‘honesty, integrity and simplicity,” the Congress president told voters.
Furthermore, Gandhi also talked about ‘two ideologies’ in the country – (1)the Congress’s –that ‘works for farmers, youth, the weak, women and small traders’ (2) BJP – which wants to ‘work for 15-20 industrialists’.
“People rule in Congress’ system but in BJP Anil Ambani is the boss,” Gandhi claimed in his letter.
Amethi – a Congress Cittadel
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.