Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is said to be “very upset” with the Uttar Pradesh party leaders who made a mockery of the programme of spending the night of October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, at the house of a Dalit villager in their constituency.
“Her annoyance has been conveyed,” said a party leader who did not want to be named.
The UP Congress had planned the programme to build on the goodwill Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi had created by staying with Dalit families.
“But the purpose of the exercise has been defeated with what some leaders have done,” said the Congress leader.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported that Sriprakash Jaiswal, Kanpur MP and a minister of state, had fans running on generators as he slept on a hired foam mattress.
Kamal Kishore, Lok Sabha member from Bahraich, gorged on chicken. Moradabad MP Mohammad Azharuddin ate in solitary splendour from a disposable plate. And Faizabad MP Nirmal Khatri’s food was prepared by a hired cook.
Only a few — such as Jiten Prasada, MP from Dhaurahra — emulated Rahul by eating what they were offered and sleeping on a cot.