1. Union ministers question Rahul Gandhi’s absence in Amethi event despite being invited

Union ministers question Rahul Gandhi’s absence in Amethi event despite being invited

Rahul Gandhi might be a regular at his constituency Amethi but skipping a major event here has put questions on his sanctity by the opposition. Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar and Dharmendra Pradhan reached Amethi to inaugurate a sprawling 45-acre campus in Jais area.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 23, 2016 10:03 AM
Besides this, the three ministers also distributed LPG connections to about 1,000 families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Gauriganj where Pradhan introduced Irani as someone “who gave a new identity to Amethi in last election”. (Express Photo) Besides this, the three ministers also distributed LPG connections to about 1,000 families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Gauriganj where Pradhan introduced Irani as someone “who gave a new identity to Amethi in last election”. (Express Photo)

Rahul Gandhi might be a regular at his constituency Amethi but skipping a major event here has put questions on his sanctity by the opposition. Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar and Dharmendra Pradhan reached Amethi to inaugurate a sprawling 45-acre campus in Jais area.

The leaders slammed Rahul for not coming to such a trivial event. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Congress has deliberately kept Amethi and Rai Bareli constituencies uneducated because if the people become aware, they’ll end up losing their public support.

Irani also slammed Rahul saying that if three cabinet ministers can make it, how is Rahul busier than them. “He is holding khat sabha in UP but he will not come to Amethi. Yahan unki khatiya khadi ho jayegi (he will be finished here),” she added.

They added that there is no political motive behind bringing this up. ”We are not indulging in politics (and) we are proud that the institute is named after Rajiv Gandhi – he was our prime minister,” Javadekar said.

The invite that went from the Petroleum Ministry was replied by Rahul through a letter that stated that had the schedule been set on a ‘mutually convenient date’, he would have attended it.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that before questioning PM Modi’s schemes for farmers, Rahul should answer what has he done for the poor in Amethi for three decades.

The campus that was unveiled has been developed at a cost of Rs 538 crore and both BJP-Congress workers have been putting hoardings to take the credit of the achievement.

Besides this, the three ministers also distributed LPG connections to about 1,000 families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Gauriganj where Pradhan introduced Irani as someone “who gave a new identity to Amethi in last election”. Announcement for opening up new centres of National Institute of Open Schooling and Indira Gandhi National Open University were also promised.

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