Zee Media Bureau
Amethi: In a departure from the past, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has been winning this parliamentary constituency since 2004, is present here for the first time on the polling day on Wednesday.
Rahul Gandhi reached the Fursatganj airstrip early this morning and then drove past many polling booths and personally saw to it that voters were having no difficulty in casting their votes.
He reluctantly interacted with reporters and told them that he had always been working to strengthen democracy in the country.
The 43-year-old incumbent MP faces tough battle with Kumar Vishwas of the Aam Aadmi Party and Smriti Irani of the Bharatiya Janata Party pitted against him.
BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had visited the Gandhi bastion on Monday and urged the people to shun dynastic politics and vote for development instead.
Rahul today hit out at Narendra Modi for dubbing his sister Priyanka`s "neech rajniti" remark as an attack on his caste, saying people`s actions are low, not their caste.
Meanwhile, Vishwas said Modi learnt "how to address the public after hearing his speeches" and expressed confidence that the broom will "clear" all the opposition against him in Amethi.
Slamming Modi, Vishwas said that coming in a chopper and waving hands from the dias will not win his party votes.
Kumar Vishwas, who is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Amethi, said that he was confident that people had decided to favour the broom (AAP`s party symbol) and would defeat Rahul Gandhi.
Talking to reporters, BJP candidate Smriti Irani said she was confident of her victory as people of Amethi had "understood that only BJP could ensure development".
While Vishwas is banking on the power of "aam aadmi", Irani is trying to cash in on Modi wave and by highlighting "lack of development" in Rahul`s 10-year as MP.
As Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi campaigned extensively for her brother Rahul - holding meetings and roadshow - the Congress vice-president himself undertook a whirlwind tour of his constituency and attempted to strike an emotional chord with the electorate.