It all started during the 2014 general elections when Irani had accepted the 'challenge' to dethrone Rahul in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency - considered as the fortress of Congress along with Raebareli.
In the political ‘Mahabharata’ of the country, individual rivalry always grabs eyeballs. The new entry to the list is undoubtedly the duel between Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Series of face-offs between these two eminent politicos have been intriguing. With election season in India at its peak and politically crucial Uttar Pradesh is in sight, both Irani and Rahul are at loggerheads again. Recent verbal spat came after Rahul lashed out at PM Modi over the raincoat remark on Manmohan Singh. Rahul Gandhi had said that he has demeaned his position. “When a prime minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament and the nation. He demeans his position and himself more than anyone else. Today’s events were saddening and frankly; they were shameful.” Soon came the sharp retort from Irani. “So says a man, who insulted the PM from his own party by tearing up an ordinance just to boost his image,” Irani had tweeted.
It all started during the 2014 general elections when Irani had accepted the ‘challenge’ to dethrone Rahul in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency – considered as the fortress of Congress along with Raebareli. Rahul Gandhi won that duel but Irani’s indomitable spirit caught the eyes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Subsequently, she got the prestigious HRD portfolio but the duel continued in and outside Parliament.
Check out Smriti Irani’s tweet
So says a man, who insulted the PM from his own party by tearing up an ordinance just to boost his image. https://t.co/50g8ZMyDwg
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 8, 2017
While PM Modi has himself taken the opposition, Irani from time to time has showed his oratorical skill to flay Congress and Rahul. It was supposed to be and certainly is PM Modi versus Rahul show, but Irani’s tirades have made sure she remained at the forefront.
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Earlier the Union Textiles minister had launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi saying he won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the help of SP and BSP and now he is playing ‘Khat’ politics just to show Congress has distanced itself with both of the parties. Notably, Rahul had defeated Irani in 2014 general elections from Amethi Parliamentary constituency, which has five assembly segments (Amethi, Gauriganj, Tiloi and Jagdishpur (R) in Amethi district and Salon (R) in Raebareli).