Rahul Gandhi returns after 2-month leave, has his task cut out for him

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 01:49 IST

A contingent of party workers from Amethi will meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi next week to brief him on issues his constituency was facing during his near 2-month long sabbatical.

The issues include rain-damaged crops and the subsequent plight of farmers.

Amethi’s district Congress president Yogendra Mishra said, “We will inform Rahul about the NDA government’s move to cancel the permission for the Shaktiman Mega Food Park. Rahul had laid the foundation stone of the park in 2013. On Wednesday, a protest was organised in Jagdishpur against cancellation of permission for the food park. More such agitations will be planned in the coming days.”

“Work on Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology has virtually stopped due to delay in allocation of funds. The state government is extending full cooperation but the Modi-led government is obstructing implementation of development schemes in Amethi. A sanctioned central hospital has also been delayed. We will meet Rahul and inform him about unfolding developments in the constituency,” said Mohammad Muslim, Congress MLA from Tiloi, Amethi.

The contingent will meet Rahul on April 20 but they will be in the Capital a day early to attend the ‘Kisan-mazdoor’ (farmer-worker) rally.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had visited a few villages in Amethi (in Rahul’s absence) in March to pay condolence to families of those who had died in Rae Bareli after a train derailed there. Some villagers who met Sonia also told her about the damaged crops.

Sonia also wrote a letter to union minister for civil aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju to apprise him of the grave situation at the pilot training institute, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA), situated in Rae Bareli. Rahul has been taking active interest in the expansion and functioning of the IRGUA. So, he may take feedback and meet the IGRUA officials soon to know about the situation.

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