A prestigious battle is being played out at Uttar Pradesh's Amethi constituency between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani amid the fifth phase of the 2019 Parliamentary elections.
On the day when BJP's Amethi candidate accused the Congress party of indulging in booth capturing, Rahul Gandhi cancelled his visit to his bastion this afternoon.
The pocket borough of the Gandhi folks has found itself to be one of the most crucial constituencies in the Lok Sabha 2019 election season, essentially after the 2014 results that saw a steep decline in the Congress vote-share by 46.71%, while the BJP's soared from 5.81% to 34.38%.
Hours after polling began on May 6, Irani had retweeted a BJP worker's tweet which said that a woman who was voting in booth no 316 which in Gauriganj was forced to vote for the Congress.
Irani has alleged on the tweet saying that 'Rahul Gandhi has ensured booth capturing'. She had tagged the Congress president and the Election Commission.
"...took my hand and forcefully pushed the button for Congress, though I was going to vote for BJP," the woman says.
Along with the Gandhi scion, sister Priyanka Gandh has been campaigning for him and has previously engaged in the war of words with Irani wherein she levelled a sensational bribery charge against her.
Rahul Gandhi, a three-time MP from Amethi looking for his fourth term from the constituency.
Rahul fought the seat for the first time in 2004 when his mother, UPA chief Sonia Gandhi vacated the seat for him.
Prior to this, Rahul Gandhi's father and former late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi fought and won the seat in 1984, 1989 and 1991 until he was assassinated in 1991.
Its only twice, in 1977 and 1989 the Congress party lost the seat.
This time, the Congress president is contesting two seats in the Parliamentary elections, the second from Kerala's Wayanad.