The mother of top contests is set to take place in Amethi as the bigwigs- Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, BJP national spokesperson Smriti Irani and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader Kumar Vishwas, are pitted against each other.
Amethi is Congress' bastion since 1967 and Rahul Gandhi is sitting MP from here since 2004.
In last ten years, Rahul, a youth leader, could have taken Amethi to the new heights of development.
Here are 10 facts that can become obstruction for Rahul to retain the VIP seat for the third time:
1. In last five years, MP Amethi Rahul Gandhi's presence in Parliament is just 13.64 per cent.
2. In last 5 years, Rahul reportedly never raised any question in Parliament related to Amethi. Wasn't there any single issue in Amethi that could have been raised in Parliament?
3. In last 10 years that means 3650 days, Rahul made his presence felt in Amethi for only 106 days.
4. In last 5 years, Rahul only utilised 53.68 percent of the funds meant for Amethi. Remaining funds could not be utilised and people of Amethi were left waiting for the development. Only two-third of the funds were utilised in Amethi. [See Government's report on funds]
5. Despite having the most powerful MP, 54 per cent in Amethi are living below poverty line (BPL).
6. In Parliament, there is no record of Rahul's foreign tours covered by him in last five years.
7. In terms of health, out of 1000 infants, 83 new born babies die after taking birth in Amethi.
8. In Amethi, only 16 per cent children have got vaccination.
9. Only 14 per cent houses get regular electricity. Others get power only up to 2 hours a day.
10. Literacy rate of Amethi is just 39 per cent. The infrastructure of schools is in miserable conditions, some don't have proper classrooms and some don't even have teachers.
People's verdict on Amethi
In a OneIndia poll question that "Who will grab the Amethi parliamentary constituency this year?", 51% respondents voted for Smriti Irani, 27% voted for Rahul Gandhi and 19% voted for Kumar Vishwas.
In Uttar Pradesh, the voters, largely, elect their leaders on the basis of religion and caste. In Amethi, 79% are Hindus, 20% Muslims and 1% belong to other religions.
So, this time, during a close contest, Rahul cannot even confidently think of bagging all Muslim votes.
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