Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas confirmed on Sunday that he will contest Lok Sabha election from Amethi and challenged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to contest against him.
Speaking at a news conference here, Vishwas took a swipe at Narendra Modi and said: “I will be going to Amethi because the people of that area want to challenge the concept of dynastic politics. The people of Amethi want me to contest from that area, which is why I am going there.
“I will also appeal to Narendra Modi that he should not speak about Rahul Gandhi for 50 minutes in his one-hour speeches.,,,,,. If he really wants Rahul Gandhi relinquish his reign from Amethi, let him himself contest from Amethi.. Let Rahul Gandhi, me and Modi contest from Amethi and let people see who wins," said Vishwas.
However, his comments did not go down well with other political leaders in India.
A BJP lawmaker, Kirti Azad, said India gives everyone the right to contest from more than one place. Exercising that factor, Vishwas can contest from wherever he wants.
"Why should Kumar Vishwas contest from one place? He can contest from two and so can the people from his party. Every individual in India, whether or not associated with a political party, can contest in the elections. Why doesn't he say that he will also contest from Darbhanga," he said.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, said there is no competition for a person with the stature of Rahul Gandhi.
"In front of Rahul Gandhi, people like Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi are nothing. Rahul Gandhi is Rahul Gandhi. The kind of thing people like Narendra Modi did, what is that? You have given them the mileage," said Yadav.
Speaking candidly on the entire issue, a leader of Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Sabir Ali, called Vishwas loud-mouthed and said he should refrain from making such statements.
"This is being loud-mouthed. If you win 28 seats in Delhi, it does not mean that you will rule the entire country. In any case, Kumar Vishwas is habitual of being loud-mouthed. He crosses the limits. He even lacks the decency of talking on camera. He forgets what our culture is. In spite of being a poet and a writer, he does not know what culture and tradition is," said Ali.