Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas addressed a 'Jan Vishwas Rally' in Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituency of Amethi on Sunday.
Aam Aadmi Party today struck Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's Amethi constituency by launching this rally.
Kumar Vishwas left Lucknow this morning towards Amethi by taking the route Lucknow-Ahmamau-Gosaiganj-Hydergarh-Chaubeesi-Inhauna-Jagdishpur-Raniganj-Jamo-Bhoe-Gauriganj-Amethi.
The Jan Vishwas rally was held at Ramlila ground in Amethi.
Armed with a publicity van blaring songs sung by Kumar Vishwas during the anti-corruption movement and AAP rallies in Delhi, posters and banners have come up in villages across the route.
Villagers in the area have expressed views saying that the election this time could be different.
Sugarcane farmers with truckloads of sugarcanes are also joining the rally to register their protest against the government's sugarcane purchase policy.
An old Gandhi family faithful Thakur Ram Singh Raghuvanshi has left the Congress and joined the AAP.
Speaking ahead of the event on Saturday, Vishwas said that he expected it to be disrupted by activists of other political parties, including possibly the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.
He was shown black flags by a group of people, who were protesting against his purported remarks against a religious event, while he was heading to address a rally in Rahul Gandhi's constituency.
Stones and eggs were also thrown at two buses ferrying party supporters to the rally venue, in Gandhi Chowk area of the city.
Excerpts from his speech at the Amethi rally:
* I want to ask those who are opposing my entry into Amethi - Do I need any visa to enter Amethi?
* Those who believe that we can be scared by showing flags or hurling eggs are mistaken.
* I have left my job and profession for you, the common man.
* I apologize if I have hurt anybody's religious feelings through my poems or speeches.
* I'm disappointed with Rahul Gandhi because he did not raise issues of Amethi in parliament.
* The more Congress opposes us, the more support will pour for us.
* We did not want to fight elections but they challenged us to show our might.
* Don't show black flags to me. If you want to beat me then do let me know the time and place, I'll come all alone.
* Rahul goes to a Dalit's home in the night but is an MP required to do that? He should actually worry about Dalits in the night when he is having dinner.
* I'll request all AAP members not to get violent even if we are attacked by Congress workers.
* I decided to join electoral politics so that I could answer my grand daughter when 20 years down the line she asks me what was I doing when the nation was fighting the second war of independence.