Amethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani said visits by his boss and senior BJP officials allowed district residents to see more of the vice president of Congress. The Union’s Minister of Textile, Information and Broadcasting makes a two-day visit to Amethi, a constituency considered a bastion of Congress.
“In 2014, I promised the people of Amethi and the country that, through my repeated visits to Amethi, I would make sure people could see more of Rahul Gandhi,” Amethi told reporters Monday.
Gandhi’s one-day visit to Amethi last week was planned after hearing the news of BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to horseback riding, he said. A few days after Gandhi’s visit, the Amethi cavalry is preparing for another high-profile event today, while Shah e Irani will unveil a series of projects in Amethi.
Amethi had witnessed an election battle between Gandhi and Irani during the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. Although she lost, Irani managed to reduce Congressional victory margin by about 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014. She said a former congressman with 60-70 villagers joined the BJP on Monday.
“They were anxious because they had devoted their time to Congress believing that there would be a development in the state under the party, especially under the leadership of Gandhi … But because of the neglect and insult of the Congressional Workers, Amethi leaves Rahulji” , He said.
“This indicates that the person who showed dreams of development to the nation did not bring development to their own electorate. This shows that if the people of Amethi now have any party, it is the BJP,” he said.
On Gandhi’s allegations that the BJP in the Center and in Uttar Pradesh reopened UPA-initiated projects, Irani stated that, at one level, the congressional leader admitted that he used to make dreams, while the BJP had the power to to carry out social works for the public.
In the elections of UP 2017, the BJP won six of the ten seats of the Assembly in the parliamentary constituencies Amethi and Rae Bareli. Four of them were in Amethi.
Party sources said the BJP leaders’ visit was intended to send a clear message that the current dispensation believed in overall development and did not apply “tiered procedures” to any area.