RahuL Gandhi’s security personnel spent a sleepless Saturday night outside a hut in a UP village while the Congress young gun inside dreamt of a plan to win back Dalits.
On a three-day visit to his constituency Amethi, Rahul made an unscheduled stop at the village and stayed overnight at the house of Sunita Kori, a Dalit. He ate what was offered and spent the night resting on a cot. Rahul reached his guesthouse at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on Sunday morning around 7 where he met people of his constituency.
This move is being interpreted as an apparent bid by the Congress to woo Dalits and wean them away from the BSP. The MP is believed to have also chalked out a ‘win back Dalits’ plan keeping the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in mind.
During his stay, Rahul spoke to the family about problems being faced by Dalits and also prepared his itinerary for the next day. On Sunday, he visited Jamoganj to inaugurate seven roads under the Prime Minister's Rural Road Scheme and five ‘Barat Ghars’, estimated to cost over Rs 3 crore.
He met Shiv Bahadur Singh, the president of the Pradhan Union at Jamoganj, who demanded that the government credit the proceeds for the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in the pradhan’s account instead of the BDO’s. Rahul said he would take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
District panchayat representatives sought his intervention, alleging corruption in implementation of the scheme as well as other Central schemes.
On the government order banning student elections in the state, Rahul said party workers would take to the streets to protest. The Congress, he said, will soon launch a state-wide campaign to demand the same.
Earlier on Saturday, Rahul visited Jawaharpur village in Sangarampur block to hold a meeting with 20 groups associated with the Rajiv Gandhi Women Development Project.