A piquant situation unfolded in Amethi on Tuesday with divisions in the local Congress ranks becoming more visible as Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi held meetings with the workers for the second day to make an assessment of the ground realities following the party’s debacle in the 2012 assembly elections in the state.
The Congress candidate from Amethi assembly constituency, Amita Singh (who lost the poll), was conspicuous by her absence at the meeting of workers.
“An utter confusion prevailed in the Congress’ ranks during elections as the workers remained divided in to two groups led by the party’s candidate and the other by those close to Rahul. This is the main factor behind the defeat,” said a party worker while speaking to media persons after the meeting held at Munshiganj guesthouse in Amethi about 110km south east from Lucknow.
A senior party functionary however said Amita Singh may meet Rahul later to explain her point of view. Amita Singh was, however, not available for comments.
This was the second day of Rahul’s visit to Amethi. Besides meeting workers from Amethi assembly constituency Rahul also held closed door interactions with the workers of Gauriganj assembly seat. At Gauriganj the workers pointed out towards the delay in the announcement of candidate was one of the reasons for the party’s defeat there.
Rahul informed the workers that a control room would be set up at the Munshiganj guesthouse to enable the workers have direct access to him in the coming days
As the workers are being allowed to speak freely a number of them are even blaming Rahul for neglecting workers.
“We are not allowed to meet you,” they said as Rahul promised them that the party organization would be revamped in next three months to enable the grass root workers have greater say in all the party’s affairs and development.
As the workers assembled for the meeting at the Munshiganj guesthouse the local Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) workers held demonstration outside holding Rahul responsible for the backwardness of the region. Agitated BKU activists raised slogans against Rahul and pointed out towards the irregularities in the implementation of development schemes.
Rahul son called the BKU activists inside the guesthouse and gave them a patient hearing. BKU activists however continued to shout slogans for some time. They said no power was being supplied to the electrified villages in the constituency. They also pointed out the condition of the roads and demanded that the Mandi Sthal at Jamo area be started immediately.