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Kumar Vishwas challenges Rahul Gandhi to contest only from Amethi

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 9:41pm IST | Place: Lucknow | Agency: PTI

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday said if reports that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was mulling contesting Lok Sabha polls from both Chikmagalur and Amethi were true, then it would be deemed that he had conceded defeat even before the contest.

Vishwas, who is planning to contest from Amethi — a seat represented by Rahul Gandhi — told reporters, "If Rahul contests from the same constituency along with Amethi then it would be deemed that he has conceded defeat before contesting," the poet-turned politician said.

He said once former prime minister Indira Gandhi contested from Chikmagalur in Karnataka.

The AAP leader also said that his party would field the "best candidate" against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, though it would take some time.

When asked about reports of possibility of disturbance during his rally in Amethi tomorrow, Vishwas said, why people have problem in discussing issues relating to the common man in constituency of the scion of the most powerful family of the country.

"I will neither get afraid nor would step back. I am going to Amethi tomorrow and if not called to Delhi in connection with some work I will return only after Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Vishwas said that through 'Jan Vishwas' rally, AAP would tell people about its ideas and plans, and would sound the bugle of end of dynasty rule in Amethi.

In reply to a question, the AAP leader said his aim was not to gain popularity by contesting against Rahul as he had achieved popularity through his poetry and fighting for the cause of the people.

He said that his colleagues from Amethi proposed him to contest from Amethi therefore he is doing so.

On Kiran Bedi's comment in which she praised Narendra Modi, Vishwas said that it was her "personal opinion".

"Kiran Bedi is my elder sister. It was she who said that she will not vote for a party which does not publicly declare its property and do not want to see CBI independent.

"She is free to cast her vote. We do not agree or disagree with her personal decision," he said. 

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