Thiruvananthapuram: BJP MP from Amethi and Union Minister Smriti Irani has once again targeted Rahul Gandhi. Smriti Irani was in Kerala yesterday and from Kerala she attacked Rahul. Smriti Irani said that if Rahul Gandhi stays in Wayanad, then the condition of Wayanad will be the same as that of Amethi, so make sure that Rahul Gandhi leaves Wayanad. She said, ‘Wherever I live, I worry about Wayanad.’
‘People should send Rahul off from Wayanad’
Addressing the event after inaugurating the state-level Mahila Shram Sammelan organized by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) Kerala, the Union minister said that she had the “good fortune” to “see off” Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. He said, “When Rahul Gandhi MP from Amethi, then 80% of people there had no electricity connection, no district collector office, no fire station, no medical college, no Kendriya Vidyalaya or Sainik School and dialysis center in the district hospital Or there was no X-ray machine. After he left, all these facilities and infrastructure were made possible there. So if he stays in Wayanad, it will also meet the same fate as Amethi. So, you have to make sure he doesn’t stay here.”
‘I was sent to Amethi so I could win, not because I was a woman’
before this Smriti Irani had said that she was fielded against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi not because she was a woman, but because the party felt that only she could defeat him. Irani’s comments came after it was said that the government should consider giving faster approvals to women real estate developers. “I would rather compete with male developers… I was not sent to Amethi because I am a woman,” Women and Child Development Minister Irani told a conference organized by real estate developers’ body CREDAI. I was sent to Amethi because I was the only person who could defeat that man (Rahul Gandhi).”
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Irani defeated Rahul Gandhi in the Nehru-Gandhi family bastion Amethi in the 2019 general election by a margin of around 55,000 votes. Earlier in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, she lost to Rahul Gandhi by a margin of one lakh votes.