Kumar Vishwas visits Dalit home in Rahul bastion Amethi
A day after criticising Rahul Gandhi for going to Dalit homes for photo-ops, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas Monday visited the house of Dalit woman Sunita, who the Congress vice president had visited in 2008.
The poet-turned-politician, likely to be the AAP candidate in Amethi against Gandhi in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, said he just dropped by after being told by supporters that nothing had changed in the life of the Dalit woman.
The fact that the woman, in whose house Gandhi had dined, continued to live the same poverty-stricken life, was reflective of his allegation against the Amethi MP that he was not serious about removing poverty and was instead indulging in lip service, Vishwas said.
Stating that his commitment to change the face of Amethi has now become stronger, Vishwas said the time has come to change the way public representatives ruled over people.
He said Sunita informed him that while her life has not improved, she was now infamous as a "Congressi" (supporter of Congress).
The AAP leader took a dig at Rahul Gandhi, saying that one who has not seen poverty can never feel how poor people feel.
Vishwas said he failed to understand the claims of Congress leaders that Rs.55,000 crore has been spent on development of Amethi.
He said that in most villages in the constituency, no work had been done at all. Hundreds of villages were still without power, roads and no potable water.
"There are villages which have not seen the light of development and have been given only hollow assurances and false claims," he said.
The AAP leader promised to do his best and help the Dalit woman in at least getting a permanent roof over her head.
On Sunday, Vishwas held a rally where, in a reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, he urged the people not to vote for "rajkumars" (princes) and "maharanis" (queens).
The AAP has announced that it will contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
(Posted on 13-01-2014)