Diwali gift for Rahul Gandhi, may replace Sonia Gandhi as Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi may take over as Congress president soon after Diwali, says Sachin Pilot

On the Congress's Karnataka unit's demand that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should contest for the party when the state goes to polls next year, Singhvi said any call in this connection had to be taken by Priyanka herself.

Responding to the letter senior Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Akhilesh Singh accused the Yogi government of deliberately trying to stop Rahul from visiting his own constituency.

According to the DM's letter, Rahul's programmes were mainly in the Kathora, Musafirkhana and Tiloi Khas areas and the sub-divisional magistrate Musafirkhana and circle officer Musafirkhana had been deployed at Isauli ghat where immersion of hundreds of Durga idols would take place on October 4 and 5.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar termed the attempt to postpone Rahul's visit by the district administration an act of "cowardice and fear".

Facing fire from Congress for asking Rahul Gandhi to postpone his constituency tour, Amethi administration on Monday said it had no problem with the Congress vice-president visiting the district as planned. Instead, the letter said, the member of parliament was apprised of the inconvenience being faced in maintaining law and order and providing him safety and security during the visit.

Taking a dig at Mr Gandhi, he said "missing" posters of the Congress leader had been put up in Amethi in the past. He further requested the Congress vice president to reschedule his visit for after October 5. In three years, BJP chief Amit Shah has travelled to every nook and cranny of the country during festivals or otherwise.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) UP chief Mahendra Pandey said his party had nothing to do with the decision and added, Congress should resolve the issue by talking with the authorities.

Congress also claimed that they had well in advance informed the district administration about the dates of Rahul's visit.

Ms Irani had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amethi against Mr Gandhi. "But Rahul Gandhiji's movement is stopped...whether a MP needs to seek Yogi Adityanath's or Modi's permission to visit his constituency?" The district administration said that they no longer have any issue of the Amethi parliamentarian visits his constituency.

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