Posters showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as demon king Ravana and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as Lord Rama have come up in Amethi as the Gandhi scion arrived in his constituency Amethi on Monday, his first since taking over from his her mother Sonia Gandhi.
In the controversial poster, Rahul is seen carrying a bow and a arrow, pointing towards Modi with a caption that read: “Rahul is an incarnation of Lord Ram who will bring Ram Rajya in 2019 by winning the General elections”.
As the poster has created a major storm, the Congress officially denied putting them up.
Meanwhile, a grand welcome awaits the Gandhi scion in his parliamentary constituency of Amethi, a pocket borough of Congress.
As per party officials, Rahul plans to touch each of the five Assembly segments that fall under Amethi to interact with the people as well as party workers and office bearers.
The Congress chief will reach Amethi by road after arriving in Lucknow with a grand welcome along the route that will transverse through Rae Bareli, another Congress stronghold.
In Amethi, Rahul will hold a road show as well as address the public at Saloan Nagar Panchayat area.
Tuesday will be hectic for Rahul with the day starting at Musafirkhana, where he will hold a roadshow and a padyatra in an effort to reach out to the people of his constituency.
After, this Rahul will move towards Gauriganj, Jagdishpur and Mohanganj before finally going back to Lucknow.
Of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, Congress managed to win only from Amethi and Rae Bareli. Currently, Sonia is MP from Rae Bareli.
The biggest challenge for Rahul will be to strengthen the party in the crucial state with general elections scheduled in 2019.
(With inputs from agencies)