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Rahul in Amethi: Congress, BJP fight over a road

IANS  |  Lucknow 

A war of words broke out between the and the Bharatiya (BJP) in on Monday as local and arrived here on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency.

Local leaders alleged that was prevented by the district administration of from inaugurating a five-km road in his constituency, for which he had laid the foundation stone on January 16 this year.

But the Bharatiya (BJP) said the road was being built under the road construction scheme and hence, senior party and Union Information and would be throwing it open during her next visit to

Clarifying the issue, said the road was still incomplete and if the wanted, he could certainly go and see it and review its construction.

The Rs 3.30-crore road is to link Kotwa village with Thori village here.

Irani had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 election against the Gandhi scion and has been grooming the constituency for her next political outing in the 2019

While Congressmen were quite worked up after the news spread, senior district Congress said the BJP was trying to slight the Congress by spreading such rumours. Gandhi had merely gone there to review the ongoing work, he added.

But, his statement contradicted the programme of the Congress chief, released beforehand by his Chandrakant Dubey, in which the inauguration of the road was mentioned.

alleged that even though the road was built under a scheme of the and not the Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund, was trying to take credit for it and hence, he raised the objection.

He, however, added that when the road would be inaugurated by Smriti Irani, Gandhi would also be invited as the local

Earlier, the Congress was received at by senior party functionaries. He was greeted by a sloganeering crowd of party workers who sought his intervention alleging that the party had been sold out by middlemen.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:24 IST
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