Gandhi family loyalist in Rae Bareli joins BJP

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Shah accused the Congress of having done "zero in development" in Raebareli. "Congress needs to apologise for its deeds". Shah hit out at the Congress leadership saying, several top Congress leaders have been elected from Rae Bareli, but the area remains underdeveloped.

"I want to ask Rahul "baba", your home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and all had tried to defame Hindu culture by talking about saffron terrorism". He hoped that with one of the most prominent families of Rae Bareli joining the saffron bandwagon, it would be incumbent upon the BJP government to ensure development of the constituency by leaps and bounds. "Yogi government has restored rule of law in UP and going ahead with Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas in right earnest", averred Shah.

Faced with an aggressive Congress that has repeatedly taken on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular over the the Unnao and Kathua rapes, the BJP has scaled up its "dynastic politics" barb as a comeback.

Friday said that there was no reason for AICC president Rahul Gandhi tender apology to BJP national president Amit Shah to save him, as he (Shah) has been involved in the Justice Loya encounter case.

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Though the BJP had swept Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general election, winning 71 of the 80 seats in the states, it lost both Rae Bareli and Amethi to the Congress.

Barring three exceptions - 1977, 1996 and 1998 - Rae Bareli has stood with the Congress since 1952.

Rae Bareli is now represented by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, a four-term MP. Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were present on the dais at the time of the incident.

UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey was addressing the rally when smoke was noticed from a corner of the pandal.

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