As Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Amethi on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath repeated the BJP charge that by picking a second seat to contest the Lok Sabha polls the Congress president had fled from the constituency regarded as his family's home turf.
"Rahul Gandhi is very frightened. For the past four generations, the Lok Sabha seat of Amethi has been represented by his family members. He too has been the MP from Amethi.
"Since he has not done anything as per the wishes of Amethi, he is forced to flee from Amethi," Adityanath told.
"Despite losing the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani has visited the place more frequently than Rahul Gandhi. The feelings of the people of the Amethi are with her," he added.
On Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest also from the Wayanad Lok sabha seat in Kerala, Adityanath said he has the right to contest from any Lok Sabha seat.
But the "green flags of the Muslim League" fluttering all around in the procession in which Rahul Gandhi went to file his nomination papers in Wayanad exposes the real face of the Congress, said Adityanath.
The Congress embracing the Muslim League, which is guilty of dividing the country, sends a loud message, the UP chief minister said.