Congress president Rahul Gandhi is on a two day visit to his constituency Amethi as a part of his Lok Sabha campaign which will go on till elections. On his Amethi visit, Congress party workers greeted him with slogan of ‘Amethi Ka MP, 2019 Ka PM ‘.
Rahul’s candidature has been supported by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav as they withdrew their candidates from two seats in Uttar Pradesh – Amethi which is represented by Rahul Gandhi and Rae Bareli represented by his mother Sonia Gandhi.
Rahul has been accused by his opponents of ignoring his own constituency for last 15 years but Rahul wants to prove them wrong by such visits. This visit of his is expected to strategize the UP Congress plan on how to go about the election campaign in the state after the formation of a pre-poll alliance between Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party and Yadav led Samajwadi Party.
Congress’ performance in UP has been dismal for a very long time. The absence of a strong Congress leader in U.P. has strengthened regional parties and local political figures. Both BSP and SP have a very strong presence in India’s largest state and the ruling BJP government has a lot of support from a huge number of voters. Strengthening Congress in such a scenario will not be easy and Rahul needs to play smart politics to make the best use of bad bargain.