Denied meeting with Rahul, BKU activists hold protest

AMETHI, UP, May 1: Miffed at being denied a meeting with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) today raised slogans outside the Munshiganj guest house where he was staying and alleged anomalies in development works in the constituency.

“We want to apprise the MP about anomalies in development work in his constituency. There are poles in the villages but no electricity wire…The villages have no arrangement of hand pumps”, Rita Singh, a local BKU activist said.

Over two dozen activists gathered at the guest house to meet Rahul, who was scheduled to meet workers of Amethi constituency to analyse the poll debacle.

They also raised slogans against him to press for the meeting.

Later, when Rahul came to know about the protest, he called the activists, heard their grievances and assured them of all possible help.

Rahul, according to one of the activists, assured that hand pumps would be installed in all the villages and he would look into the anomalies, if any, in Rajiv Gandhi rural electrification project.

Later, Rahul met workers of Amethi Assembly constituency but former MLA Amita Singh, who lost elections and her supporters were conspicuous by their absence.

Singh is wife of party MP from Sultanpur Sanjay Singh, against whom some of the candidates alleged non-cooperation during elections. (PTI)