Rahul Gandhi on 'leave', 'MP missing' posters surface in UP
New Delhi: Nearly a month after Congress chief Sonia Gandhi granted 'leave of absence' from active politics to her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi, posters declaring reward for any information on the missing Amethi MP have now come up in his Lok Sabha constituency.
Media reports on Wednesday claimed that these posters, some of which have also surfaced in Allahabad and Bulandshahr districts, allege that the Congress vice president lacks vision as he decided to go on leave during the crucial Budget Session for which the party had to face severe criticism from the ruling side. Some posters also carry a list of problems being faced by the voters of Rahul Gandhi's Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
One such poster carries a note “Jane woh kaun sa desh jahan tum chale gaye, na chitthi na sandesh, kahan tum chale gaye (We don’t know which place you have gone to…No messages, no letters where have you gone?)” and an appeal made to the Congress leader in name of “People of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency”.
The posters put up in Rahul's Lok Sabha constituency highlight 10 major problems being faced by Amethi residents: no leadership, no development, poor condition of roads, problems of farmers and students, poor health facilities, no central government-aided school; slow construction of under-bridge etc. "The posters are put up in Amethi town, market, railways station and schools, but Rahul Gandhi has not been found anywhere," said Hari Krishna Shukla, a resident of Amethi.
"The roads are filled with potholes, there are no facilities in government hospital for the patients, rapes and murder are increasing, maybe his Special Protection Group (SPG) or his mother will help us find him," he added. Meanwhile, another resident, Rajesh Kumar Dwivedi, said that the posters are up so that the Congress vice-president's constituents know that he is 'safe'. "These posters are absolutely correct. Rahul Gandhi had said that he will come every month.
In one year he is suppose to stay in Amethi for 65 Days. We have been waiting since January, February, and now its March," he said. "We want to know if Rahul Gandhi is safe or not. We want to talk to him," he added. These posters have come as a major embarrassment for the Congress party, which has alleged that it is the handiwork of BJP.
Following the Congress party's dismal showing in the Delhi assembly elections in February, Rahul Gandhi took a 'leave of absence' from active politics to 'reflect on recent events' and the 'future course' of the party. Later, the Congress announced that he had extended his leave.