Amethi, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today cleared the air about his sister Priyanka Gandhi's statement on BJP saying that her utterances were misinterpreted.

"It is unfortunate that some people were trying to take political mileage by misinterpreting her statement," he said after reaching Amethi here today.

"The statement was made on low politics, low mentality, low thinking adopted by the BJP and not about low caste as raised by some leaders," he said.

Yesterday, BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi, during an election meeting in UP, had said Congress leaders were targeting him for being from low caste.

However, BSP president Mayawati retaliated saying that Modi was trying to rake up backward caste by misinterpreting the Congress statement. She also demanded that Modi sisclose his caste.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has appealed to the people of Amethi to come out of their houses to vote.

"Youths should lead in voting as they are the future of the country,"he said.

Rahul reached Amethi just as the polling started this morning.
Mr Gandhi, who is engaged in a toughest ever election in Amethi against BJP's Smriti Irani and AAP candidate Kumar Vishwas, rushed to his constituency from where he is expecting a third win.

Congress sources said as Priyanka would not be able to stay in Amethi as she is a SPG (Special Protection Group) covered leader hence Rahul was forced to stay in Amethi during the polling.

In the past two elections, Priyanka has been Rahul's polling agent in Amethi but this could not happen this time due to the change in the norms by the EC.

"Rahul Gandhi is expected to stay at Munshiganj guest house during the day and will monitor the polling. He will only venture out if required," sources said.

However, after his arrival at Fursatganj airport, Rahul visited two nearby polling booths and took stock of the polling process. This is the first time Rahul is in Amethi on the polling day.

Opposition leaders, however, claim that Rahul was forced to stay in Amethi on the polling day due to the nature of the contest here this year.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)