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.
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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