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Laser gun pointed at Rahul? Home Ministry responds

The Congress had alleged this had happened at a time when their president was filing his nomination papers in Amethi. The Home Ministry has rubbished the allegation.

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rubbished the allegation of that Congress president Rahul Gandhi faced a threat to his life while filing his nomination papers in Amethi. The MHA says that the laser light Congress is referring to was from the mobile device of the photographers who were making Gandhi’s video.

It wasn’t a laser gun

When the MHA consulted the Special Protection Group (SPG) in this connection, they said that it was a light from a cellphone. The Congress had alleged that when Rahul Gandhi was talking to journalists after filing his nomination as their candidate from Amethi, laser light was seen hovering around his head at least seven times in a short span of time. Twice, the laser light stayed straight on his head.

The video of the incident stirred a hornet’s nest after it went viral on social media. The Congress wrote a letter to the MHA in this regard and informed it about this incident. Referring to the assassinations of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress said that Rahul Gandhi’s life was in danger. It demanded an immediate tightening of his security.

Gandhi filed his nomination papers from Amethi on Wednesday. His mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and brother-in-law Robert Vadra accompanied him.

Gandhi did a road show before submitting the form. The roadshow saw Priyanka, Robert Vadra and their two children by the Congress president’s side. This roadshow witnessed tremendous enthusiasm of the Congress workers.

For all reports related to the Lok Sabha election 2019, please visit this page.

Election schedule

The 80 Lok sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will witness voting in seven phases as follows.

11 April: Gautam Buddha Nagar, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur

18 April: Aligarh, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina

23 April: Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Ferozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Amla, Bareilly, Pilibhit

29 April: Shahjahanpur, Khedi, Hardoi, Mishrich, Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Kannauj, Kanpur, Akbarpur, Jalna, Jhansi, Hamirpur

6 May: Firozabad, Dhaurah, Sitapur, Maehanlalganj, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kausambi, Barabanki, Bahraich, Kaiserganj, Gonda

12 May: Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Prayagraj, Ambedkar Nagar, Shravasti, Dumriaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalgonj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Fishshahar, Bhadohi

19 May: Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon, Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Robertsgunj

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