Smriti Irani in Amethi: Union minister in Rahul Gandhi constituency ahead of Amit Shah visit

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New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2017 10:31:30 PM

Smriti Irani in Amethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani is visiting the Congress bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh today. BJP President Amit Shah is also scheduled to arrive at Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency on October 10.

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Smriti Irani in Amethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani is visiting the Congress bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh today. BJP President Amit Shah is also scheduled to arrive at Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency on October 10. Their visits will come days after the Congress Vice President had visited the area. Irani had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections unsuccessfully from Amethi against Gandhi. BJP is looking to wrest it from the Congress to give a telling blow to the rival party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Track here Smriti Irani’s visit to Amethi:

5:00 pm: Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI that the party had devised different strategies to win these seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

4:21 pm: Here is the letter by Anandiben Patel.

(ANI)

4:10 pm: Meanwhile, as per ANI report, Anandiben Patel writes to BJP President Amit Shah, stating that in place of her new people must be given a chance to contest 2017 Gujarat polls.

3:57 pm: Amethi, which has traditionally been a Congress bastion, had in 2014 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a high-pitched electoral battle between Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani.

3:33 pm: SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav had won from two seats, but decided to represent Azamgarh and give up Mainpuri, which was subsequently won in a bypoll by another member of the Yadav family.

3:23 pm: The five seats won by the SP in the 2014 parliamentary polls were Azamgarh, Kannauj, Badaun, Firozabad and Mainpuri.

3:12 pm: In the 2012 Assembly polls, the BJP had failed to win a single seat falling under both the Lok Sabha constituencies.

3:07 pm: In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the BJP won six of the 10 Assembly seats falling under Amethi and Rae Bareli. Four of them were in Amethi.

3:02 pm:  Meanwhile, seeking to take the wind out of the sails of Shah and Irani, besides Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, ahead of their proposed visit to Amethi, Rahul had yesterday accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in his Lok Sabha constituency.

2:55 pm: As per PTI report, According to senior BJP leaders of Amethi, party chief Amit Shah, along with Union minister Smriti Irani, is likely to visit the district — a Congress bastion — on October 10 to unveil a number of projects and lay foundation stones.

2:46 pm: Meanwhile, former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati’s wife Maharaji Devi had alleged on Sunday that the Congress had fielded a candidate from Amethi only to ensure her husband’s defeat in the Assembly polls held in the state earlier this year.

2:35 PM: Still, the Congress vice-president managed to secure 4,08,651 votes, as opposed to Irani’s 3,00,748.

2:30 PM: In 2014, BJP leader and now Union minister Smriti Irani had lifted the morale of the party workers by leading a high- voltage campaign against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

2:25 PM: Of the 73 seats won by the NDA in 2014, the BJP alone pocketed 71 with a 42.63 per cent vote share. The other two seats were won by its ally, the Apna Dal.

2:20 pm: “A number of activities have been planned for the party workers at the booth level and an exercise is going on to appoint leaders who will be in charge of these constituencies, so that they can send a strong message to the voters and the party cadre that the BJP stands for development,” Tripathi said.

2:15 PM: Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI that the party had devised different strategies to win these seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

2:10 PM: Of the seven seats the BJP had failed to win, five went to the Samajwadi Party (SP), while the Congress managed to win only from its pocket boroughs — Amethi (Rahul Gandhi) and Rae Bareli (Sonia Gandhi).

2:05 PM: In a bid to improve its tally in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has devised “different strategies” for the seven seats it could not win the last time in Uttar Pradesh, where the saffron party and its ally put up their best show ever, bagging 73 of the 80 seats.

2:00pm: She also alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s thinking was “anti-people”.

1:57 pm: The Congress had contested the polls in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, which had fielded Prajapati from Amethi.

1:50 PM:  The Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting is likely to attend the launch of a FM station at Gauriganj and an initiative to save Gomti river near Pipri village, statement issued by the district administration said.

1:45 pm: Party sources said the visit of the senior BJP leaders was aimed at sending a clear message that the current regime believed in all-round development of the state and was not meting out any “step-motherly treatment” to the areas where the BJP had failed to make a mark.

1:40 PM: The Congress vice president had during his visit here on October 5 accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district.

1:35 PM: Though Smriti Irani lost to the Congress vice president, she managed to reduce his victory margin from around 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.

1:30 PM: In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the BJP won six of the 10 Assembly seats falling under the parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Four of them were in Amethi.

1:20 PM: On October 9, Irani will visit Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) in Jagdishpur, statement issued by the district administration said.

1:15 PM: Smriti Irani is likely to attend the launch of a FM station at Gauriganj and an initiative to save Gomti river near Pipri village, statement issued by the district administration said.

1:10 PM: The Union minister will also attend the inauguration of a tuberculosis unit at the district hospital and a primary health centre at Odari Tiloi, and attend other public welfare programmes launched by the state and central government.

1:05 PM: Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani is scheduled to arrive here today, while BJP chief Amit Shah will visit on October 10, a statement issued by the district administration said.

1:00 PM: A number of schemes and projects are likely to be announced and their foundation stones laid at a function here on Tuesday to be attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The beneficiaries of various schemes will be handed over certificates, the statement said.

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