As the elections are approaching near, members of the parties are withdrawing their support heating up the tensions within the party. Amethi, the Congress bastion, becomes onerous to procure for the Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Haji Haroon Rasheed, his party loyalist, challenging him.
The difficult battle between Union Minister and Senior Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani and Congress president Rahul Gandhi for Amethi constituency was steamed up when the son of Haji Sultan Khan, the proposer for former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 elections and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi in 1999, Haji Haroon Rasheed, disenchanted his support from the Congress Party leaving Rahul Gandhi in consternation.
According to IANS, Haroon was disgusted by the underdevelopment of his region and accused the party of ‘neglecting’ his community. He also made an announcement that 6.5 lakh Muslim voters in the constituency will vote against Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, provided if true, will give a major setback to Congress Party in 2019 elections from its ruling constituency.
“My father has worked with Maulana Azad, Panditji (Jawaharlal Nehru), Indiraji, Rajivji. There had never been any lure for power or post. I too have been associated with the party,” he told PTI.
Haroon has decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Amethi against Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress leader in his speech also accused BJP of strongly ignoring Amethi.
Haji Haroon Rasheed, whose father Haji Sultan Khan had signed as the proposer on the nomination forms filed by Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi from Amethi, will contest as an Independent candidate.https://t.co/J3CzVxYtCT
— The Statesman (@TheStatesmanLtd) March 25, 2019
Amethi has been a Gandhi bastion for over decades now. In 1980, the younger son of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi won the elections. After his death in 1981, Rajiv Gandhi contested the by-poll for the parliamentary seat and went on to win 1984, 1989, 1991 from Amethi constituency. After Rajiv Gandhi assassination in 1991, his wife Sonia Gandhi won the constituency in 1999. In 2004 Rahul Gandhi was given the seat by Sonia Gandhi, and since then he has been the sitting MP in Amethi.