Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appealed to the people of Telangana to exercise their franchise in large numbers as voting for the Assembly polls is underway.
Clashes broke out in Amethi between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters over posters depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Ravan and Rahul Gandhi as Lord Ram.
The posters show the Congress president holding a bow and arrow, and PM Modi as the ten-headed demon king.
BJP supporters protested as Rahul Gandhi arrived in Amethi on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency. This is the first time that the Gandhi scion is visiting Amethi since his elevation to the top post in his party.
Visuals showed a section of supporters armed with sticks. The police managed to prevent the clashes from escalating further.
The Congress has said that it did not put up the posters.
At Amethi, Rahul Gandhi was “warmly received” by his supporters. He offered prayers and also participated in “khichdi daan”.
Rahul also criticized the Narendra Modi government for failing to speed up projects.
“Jo kaam China ki sarkaar do din mein karti hai use karne mein Narendra Modi Ji ki sarkaar ko ek saal lag jaata hai (What China does in two days, Modi government does in a year),” he said addressing a gathering of Congress supporters.
The 47-year-old Rahul has been an MP from Amethi since 2004.
(With inputs from agencies.)