New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to storm Amethi, parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday with the launch of several development schemes -relating to power generation, education, health, and manufacturing sectors. This would be his first visit to Amethi after coming to power in 2014. Last year, he had visited the neighbouring Rae Bareli constituency, represented in Lok Sabha by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

During his visit to Rahul Gandhi’s bastion today, the Prime Minister will dedicate to nation the Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Limited – a factory which will manufacture the latest series of AK assault rifles. The Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd is a joint venture between India’s Ordnance factory and a Russian firm. It will produce the last series of Kalashnikov rifles in the Korwa Ordnance Factory. The Joint Venture is said to be an example of Make in India.

“The Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd is a milestone in India-Russia cooperation. The latest series of the iconic Kalashnikov rifles will be made in the Korwa Ordnance Factory,” an official statement said.

It added,”The joint venture will bolster the armed forces and strengthen the national security. The factory will generate employment opportunities in Amethi and nearby areas and give tremendous boost to the Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor project.”

The development comes two weeks after the Centre, on February 13, cleared a proposal to produce 7.47 lakh assault Kalashnikov rifles at a plant to be set up in Amethi commissioned by the Ordinance Factory Board and a Russian firm.

Besides, PM will also address a public gathering in Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat.

Earlier this week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Amethi to review preparations for the prime minister’s visit.

Speaking to news agency PTI, state BJP general secretary Govind Narain Shukla, who is the convenor of the prime minister’s public meeting, claimed that it will be a historic meeting in Kauhar with over 1.25 lakh people likely to attend it.

Modi previously visited Amethi on May 5, 2014 and the BJP, which had fielded party leader Smriti Irani against Gandhi in 2014 general election, had managed three lakh votes. Irani has been nurturing the constituency since and is expected to contest again in the coming poll, expected to be held in April-May.

In 2017, Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP had won four of the five assembly constituencies under Amethi Lok Sabha seat, with SP winning one. Congress had failed to open account in the Gandhi bastion.

(With agency inputs)