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‘SP-BSP votes went to BJP in Amethi’

Rahul Gandhi  

The two-member Congress committee probing the reasons behind the defeat of party president Rahul Gandhi in his family pocket borough Amethi has been told that non-cooperation of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party units was responsible for it.

‘Did not cooperate’

Congress secretaries Zubair Khan and K.L. Sharma, who are UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s representatives in Rae Bareli, were informed in “clear terms” that the SP and BSP units in Amethi did not cooperate with the Congress and a large segment of their voters went with the BJP.

“It is simple arithmetic. Rahul Gandhi got more votes in 2019 (4.13 lakhs) than he did in 2014 (4.08 lakh votes). The BSP candidate in 2014 had polled 57,716 votes and if these votes had come to the Congress, the party would have won. BJP’s Smriti Irani defeated Rahul Gandhi by a margin of over 55,000 votes,” said a local Congress leader.

Amethi district Congress chief Yogendra Misra also supported the charge that the SP and BSP did not cooperate with the Congress even though their leaders had announced support for Mr. Gandhi.

“Former SP Minister Gayatri Prajapati’s son Anil Prajapati openly campaigned for Smriti Irani. SP MLA from Gauriganj, Rakesh Singh, went with the BJP in order to save the position of his block pramukhs and zila panchayat members,” claimed Mr. Misra.

The Gauriganj MLA, however, denied the charge.

The Congress president had lost in four Assembly segments of Amethi and the margin of defeat was highest (18,000 votes) in Gauriganj.

Mr. Gandhi led in Amethi but trailed in Tiloi, Jagdishpur and Salon Assembly segments.

The two-member committee has taken feedback from Gauriganj and Tiloi party workers and will be meeting the workers in Jagdishpur, Salon and Amethi over the next two days.

The final report would be submitted to the party high command next week.


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