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Haji Haroon, with Congress for generations, to contest against Rahul Gandhi

Haji Mohammed Haroon Rashid asks if nothing is wrong, why the Congress is performing so poorly in the Assembly elections in Amethi

Amethi: Haji Mohammed Haroon Rashid has decided to challenge Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha election from Amethi, breaking generations of old relations with Congress.

Haji Sultan, the father of 48-year-old Haji Haroon, was born in 1910. The family has been loyal to Congress since the beginning. They have been close to Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

Haroon has decided to enter the electoral battle. He said his father had worked with Maulana Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, but never had the desire for power or post. “I was associated with the Congress too, but now I have decided to contest the election. There must have been something serious.”

Haji Haroon explained the reason for his disillusionment with the Congress lack of development and progress in Amethi. He said, “We have been living here for 70 years. The entire community and the area are neglected. If nothing was wrong, why was the Congress so poorly performing in the Assembly elections?”

Haroon claimed that there was no opposition to contesting elections in his family. Everyone supports him in his family, he said.

Haroon did not, however, reveal which party he would be the candidate of. Besides, in Amethi, BJP candidate Smriti Irani is in the fray too.

Irani had contested the 2014 elections but lost to Rahul, albeit after drastically bringing down the Congress heir’s margin of victory from the 2009 level.

Amethi is going to vote on 6 May. Counting will take place on 23 May.

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