What Has Rahul Gandhi, His Family Done For Amethi in Last Seven Decades, Asks Smriti Irani
New Delhi, Aug 18: Union Minister Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of being “unsympathetic” towards the issues faced by the residents of Amethi. Irani also questioned the Nehru-Gandhi family for the lack of development in Amethi over the past seven decades.
“Mr Gandhi is representing the seat in Lok Sabha. What has he done for Amethi? There is no development whatsoever,” she said, while speaking at the Femail Summit organised by India Today.
Recalling an incident which she encountered during her visit to the constituency, Irani said, “I saw an old woman who was picking up grains on the road after a vehicle with fodder passed by. I asked her – Are you picking it up to prevent wastage? She replied – ‘No, I would cook its dal’. That was one of the moments which impacted my life.”
“If Rahul Gandhi calls Amethi his family, then he should be ashamed that his family member needs to search food on the road after a fodder vehicle passes by,” she added.
Irani also questioned the role of Nehru-Gandhi family, stating, “Just the imagination of someone being deprived enough to look for food on road is haunting. What has this family done in past seven decades?”
Irani, who is currently heading the Textile Ministry in the NDA government, had unsuccessfully contested from Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, the 41-year-old was hailed by pollsters for significantly denting the Congress’ vote share in their bastion.
According to the top BJP leader, Gandhi should be squarely blamed for the “condition prevalent” in Amethi. “He has one of the lowest attendance record in the Parliament. Should explain why he didn’t raise issued pertaining to Amethi in the House,” Irani said.
Further, taking a jibe at the erstwhile Uttar Pradesh government led by Akhilesh Yadav, Irani added, “He (Gandhi) should had at least appealed his pal (Akhilesh) to do something for Amethi.”
The verbal tirade by Irani comes in the backdrop of posters propping in Amethi last week, questioning about the ‘disappearance’ of Gandhi, the Lok Sabha MP from the constituency. However, the Congress called it a mischief on part of political opponents, claiming that he had met the local farmers on August 1.