Amethi (UP), Apr 13 (PTI) Union minister Smriti Irani today said unlike the previous governments that had forgotten about development, the BJP-led central government was working for the welfare of the people ever since it came to power.

The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister arrived here today on a two-day visit.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating a medical camp in the district hospital, she said, “It had been common in the political history of India that after coming to power, people had forgotten about development and instead, concentrated on their own development.” The BJP-led NDA government, on the contrary, is continuously working for the welfare of the people, framing schemes and implementing them, Irani said, adding that the pace of development never stops if the intentions of the government are good.

Irani, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, said, “I have come and soon, he (Gandhi) will also be arriving here.” Incidentally, the Congress president is scheduled to arrive in his Parliamentary constituency on a two-day visit on April 16. During his visit, Gandhi is scheduled to take part in a District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting.

Speaking at another programme in Gauriganj, Irani said the non-BJP governments had never thought about the women, but after taking oath, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had described himself as the “sevak (servant) of the people” and had been working in that capacity.

Under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Rs 55 crore were spent in Amethi and by October, it would become open defecation-free, she claimed.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.