Rahul Gandhi's failure to deliver lead to loss of food plant in Amethi, says Harsimrat Kaur Badal

The minister raked up the issue after textile minister Smriti Irani had commented on the food park before Rahul's constituency Amethi went to polls.

With the last leg of polls in Uttar Pradesh left, Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday took a potshot at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that inefficiency of the party was exposed by the Amethi food park. The minister raked up the issue after textile minister Smriti Irani had commented on the food park before Rahul's constituency Amethi went to polls. Rahul Gandhi is Member of Parliament from Amethi.

Claiming that any other government would have delivered but the Congress in general and Rahul Gandhi in particular lacked the will to make the food park, she added, "In 6-10 years, if the food park does not come up in the constituency, it only means Rahul Gandhi was not interested in the project." When asked whether there was no attempt to revive the project, she said, "Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra can appeal for the project to be revived but there has been no such attempt made so far."

Badal told India Today, "Amethi is a VVIP constituency. A food park sanctioned in 2008 could not be completed till 2014. Rahul Gandhi chose to tear up papers than lay a brick in Amethi food park. Despite them being in power, he could not make a food park in 10 years."

Badal and Rahul Gandhi were involved in a verbal duel on the same issue sometime ago during Parliament session and eventually the mega food plan was cancelled.

MODI STALLED FOOD PROJECT

Making a veiled appeal to voters, Badal praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development projects. "Modiji has ended corruption and government policy paralysis."

Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani during her campaign had earlier slammed Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that PM Narendra Modi stalled the food project in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi.

Earlier, Rahul had said that it 'pains' him to see that development projects in Raebareli and Amethi have been 'snatched away' by the NDA government. Rahulji claims Modiji stopped food park; when Congress was in power, it didn't allocate power plant needed for the food park," said Irani. "I do not mind if attacks are made on me but what pains me is that Modiji snatched the food park from Amethi…it was meant to transform Amethi and Raebareli," Rahul had said.

GAYATRI PRAJAPATI SHOULD SURRENDER

A vocal voice in Parliament on women issue, Badal blasted rape accused Samajwadi Party (SP) minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is an accused in a rape case and is on the run. "If he has any conscience, he should surrender," she said.

Deploring the incidents of rape in which politicians have been involved, she said "It is unfortunate that politicians who are to safeguard people's interest are accused of such heinous crimes."

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