Smriti Irani said on Wednesday that even though the people of Pipri village in Amethi district had rejected democracy by boycotting the elections following several years of negligence by the Congress Party, she said she would bring about development in the village through democratic means.
Union Minister of Human Resource Department Smriti Irani said on Wednesday that even though the people of Pipri village in Amethi district had rejected democracy by boycotting the elections following several years of negligence by the Congress Party, she said she would bring about development in the village through democratic means.
“For years, water from the Gomati River is gobbling up their land. Leaders promise that they will take care of the issue during elections but forget the issue after the elections. I had promised that if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister, I will take care of the issue. People of Pipri, you might have rejected democracy, you might have boycotted elections, but it is through democratic means
itself that I will bring development there ,” Smriti Irani told the media .
Smrti Irani was speaking to media at the Ministry of Water Resources after meeting Minister Uma Bharti here today.
“Uma di (Uma Bharati) had told me not to write any letters to the Prime Minister but to face the representatives of the village directly and help them solve their problems,” she added.
Responding to the request of Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti said: “In these 66 years, there has been no sign of development in Pipri. The Nehru-Gandhi family, for so many years, have reigned over that place.
But now I can say that ‘acche din’ for Amethi are about to come because my little sister (Smriti Irani) will now look after Amethi.”
“In order to address this issue, the Zilla Adhyaksh has come here. Some representatives of the village have also come. I appreciate Smriti’s efforts in trying to understand the situation of each and every village of Amethi,” she added.
“All of us will help Smriti in trying to rid Amethi of its bad days. Amethi will soon see the light of development,” she said.
The 25,000-odd residents of these 29 villages on the east of the Gomati river have been complaining of negligence on the part of politicians and the administration of Amethi district.
Regular floods have worsened the situation, gobbling up land and even displacing villagers. A 200-metre stretch of a key road was damaged due to floods 2008, severing the connectivity between four villages – Pipri, Jamalpur, Newada and Gauraparani – and the highway.
Currently, the road simply vanishes at one point and all one can see is the Gomati flowing more than 100 feet below.
With the road not being repaired, residents of these villages under the Jagdishpur assembly constituency – one of the five assembly segments under Amethi parliamentary seat – had decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections.
It is Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s third term in Amethi. The villagers of Pipri have complained that he has not visited their place or addressed their woes.