Amethi, Apr 29 UNI | 3 months ago

Congress vice-president may be traversing across the country to create a Congress wave but facing odds in his own parliamentary constituency of Amethi where his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is waging a lone battle.

It could be the confidence or over-confidence of the Congress that none of the big Congress leaders was asked to campaign in Rahul's Lok Sabha constituency and the party's star campaigner Priyanka is countering attacks from all sides.

Priyanka, too , must be feeling the heat this time as her road side meetings lacked the response they used to receive and also she is more busy in returning the volleys of political opponents aimed at her husband Robert Vadra for corruption.

Her repeated assurances that she would visit Amethi again after the polls do not seem to go down well among the masses and also the absence of Rahul Gandhi since his nomination as Congress candidate from Amethi on April 12 is also being pointed out.

According to locals, the Congress campaign lacked the punch this time as compared to hectic electineering by BJP candidate Smiriti Irani and AAP candidate Kumar Vishwas.

In Amethi, where the issue has always been the victory margin of Rahul Gandhi and the veering presence of Gandhi family, the opposition attack is making the going tough for the scion of illustrious political family.

Kumar Vishwas, already camping in Amethi since last three months, has covered almost the entire constituency while in the short time, BJP candidate too has made inroads into the electorate psyche. Arvind Kejriwal of AAP, Nitin Gadakari and Goa chief minister Manohar Panikkar had also campaigned here with many leaders lined up to be here.

For Congress, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had addressed one public meeting while the close confidant of Gandhi family Capt. Satish Sharma along with small time leaders are seen campaigning for Rahul.

It probably for the first time that the press informations are being issued about road side meetings of Priyanka unlike previous occasions when the mediamen used to run from pillar to post to trail her. Also, in another first, Pryanka had to face resistance at many places which was never the case in Amethi before.

In the campaigning, Priyanka is more sen to defend her husband under attack of mainly Bharatiya Janata Party for his alleged shady land deals. The inner fighting of the partmen also came to fore this time making the thongs tougher for the Congress vice president seeking his third entry in the Lok Sabha from Amethi parliamentary seat.

Rahul had won from here in 2004 and 2009 taking over from his mother Sonia Gandhi who was elected from here in 1999 before shifting to Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat.

Priyanka ,during her speeches, term other candidates as political tourist while Vishwas and Smiriti do not forget to remind the electorate that they should vote for those who are easily accessible.

The polling in Amethi is scheduled to take place on May 7 amid the changed scenario where it used to be the Congress all the way. This time, even Rahul will have to struggle to drive home twin points- a victory and also the margin of victory. What will happen stands to decide the stature of Rahul Gandhi in the party as well as in the country.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)