Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Priyanka Gandhi not in campaign as she can’t face people’s questions, says Smriti Irani

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Kanpur | Updated: February 16, 2017 12:53:17 PM

Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani today attacked Priyanka Gandhi saying the Congress leader is not campaigning in Amethi as she cannot face people's questions.

Smriti Irani, Bharatiya Janata Party, Priyanka Gandhi, Congress, Amethi, Uttar Pradesh ElectionBut, Priyanka Gandhi has not gone to campaign in Amethi because of the “unfulfilled” promises, Smriti Irani said

Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani has attacked Priyanka Gandhi saying the Congress leader is not campaigning in Amethi as she cannot face people’s questions.The Union Textiles Minister addressed rallies and press conference here, where she did not give direct reply when asked if she would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate if it comes to power. Every BJP worker wants that the party forms the next government in Uttar Pradesh, she said on the question of chief ministerial candidate.

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She said that despite losing the Lok Sabha poll from Amethi in 2014 to Rahul Gandhi she has been working for the people of the constituency.

But, Priyanka Gandhi has not gone to campaign in Amethi because of the “unfulfilled” promises, she said.

“Priyanka wants to avoid people’s questions,” she said. Asked if SP-Congress alliance has in any way affected the prospects of BJP in the state, she said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav went with Congress because he was not confident of a victory alone.

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On BSP supremo Mayawati’s recent comments on BJP, the Minister said she just wants to “remain in headlines”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at Chief Akhilesh Yadav saying “On March 4, 1984, Mulayam Singh was attacked by Congress party. Then leaders like Chaudhari Charan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee organised a movement to protect Mulayam Singh from the Congress. But now Akhilesh has joined hands with Congress.” Addressing a rally in Kannauj, which is the Parliamentary constituency of Dimple Yadav, the wife of Akhilesh, the PM also took a dig at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, “Have you heard of such a son who would unite with a party that tried to kill his father.”

Meanwhile, an impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial state polls yesterday.

The districts where polling were held included Bijnor, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.

A total of 2.28 crore voters, including over 1.04 crore women, are eligible to cast their ballots in 14,771 polling centres and 23,693 polling stations in the second of the seven-phase polling.

“Polling was held peacefully amid tight security,” UP Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said.

The CEO office said the average turnout was over 65 per cent in these seats.

The voter turnout in the first phase was recorded at 64.2 per cent – an increase of nearly three per cent from the first phase turnout in the 2012 state Assembly polls.

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