Union minister Smriti Irani, who is currently on a two-day visit to Amethi, took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi saying that the visits by her and senior BJP leaders had ensured that the people of the district were seeing more of the Congress vice-president. As per a PTI report, speaking to reporters on Monday, the Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting said, “In 2014, I had promised the people of Amethi and of the country that by my repeated visits to Amethi I will ensure that the people would be seeing more of Rahul Gandhi.” Smriti Irani also revealed that a former Congress MLA along with 60-70 village pradhans had joined the BJP on Monday.
“They were anguished as they had devoted their time to the Congress believing that there would be development in the state under the party, especially under the leadership of Gandhi…But due to neglect and insult of the Congress workers, the party leadership in Amethi is leaving Rahulji,” she said, as per a PTI report. She criticised Rahul for not bringing development to his constituency (Amethi). She said, “This indicates that the person who had shown dreams of development to the nation failed to bring development to even his constituency. It shows that if the people of Amethi today are banking on any party, then it is the BJP,” she claimed. Smriti Irani also responded to Rahul’s accusations of re-inaugurating projects launched by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), she claimed that the Congress leader has the habit of showing dreams, while the BJP has the power to fulfil welfare works for the public.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP Amit Shah and Union Minister Amit Shah are scheduled to address people in the Gandhi family bastion, Amethi on Tuesday. In her address, she said, “Rahul Gandhi has no time for Amethi. After next elections, we will be victorious in Amethi.” She also added that BJP government in the state and the Centre will create jobs for youth.
Despite losing to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 general elections, Irani managed to reduce the Congress leader’s victory margin from around 3.70 lakh votes in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.