In Amethi, the team of youth, mainly former student leaders of Allahabad University's All India Student Association (AISA), has been concentrating in remote villages. According to one team member, Shahnawaj Alam, who joined teh Gramd Old Party a few months ago, BJP candidate Smriti Irani
has focussed in urban areas only, while the congress is deep-rooted in rural areas. He said that with every team of eight to ten youths, there is one local Congress worker. The party's Tez Bahadur Singh said while there is no challenge in Rai Bareli, the BJP and Smriti Irani
have worked very hard in Amethi.
After being defeated in 2014, Smriti has been in constant touch with the people of Amethi and has invested a lot from her MP fund. Besides, the BJP has four MLAs out of five under the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. To counter this, Congress has been holding joint campaign meetings with Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj Party
(SP-BSP) leaders. The SP-BSP alliance has not fielded its candidates in either Amethi or Rai Bareli.