On his first visit to Amethi after suffering an embarrassing defeat by Union minister Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attended a review meeting with party office-bearers. He attributed his defeat to local leaders staying away from the people and assured that he will not abandon the constituency.
"I will not leave Amethi. It is my home and family," former state Youth Congress chief Nadeem Ashraf Jayasi quoted Gandhi as saying at a meeting.
"The development of Amethi will not be hampered. I am the MP from Wayanad but my ties with Amethi are three decades old. I will fight for Amethi in Delhi," Gandhi reportedly told party workers.