After drawing flak from Congress for asking party vice-president and MP Rahul Gandhi to defer his visit, the district administration of Amethi on Monday blinked for his three-day visit starting October 4.
Amethi District Magistrate Yogesh Kumar said the authorities "never said no" to the Congress vice president's scheduled visit to his Lok Sabha constituency on October 4-6, but suggested a postponement taking into account concerns over his security.
"Rahul had proposed to visit Amethi from October 4-6. We never said no (to his visit).
"We had just sent a confidential letter to the district Congress chief suggesting that the visit be postponed by 24-48 hours in view of the fact that security personnel were busy with the immersion of Durga idols and Muharram," the district magistrate told journalists.
The administration was ready for his visit on the original dates as the Congress MP wanted to stick to his schedule, he said.