New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Monday accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of booth capturing in Amethi. “Earlier the Congress president was involved in land grabbing now he is stealing votes too,” said Irani while speaking to reporters.Also Read - Congress Chintan Shivir: Party Discusses Role of EVMs in Poll Debacles, Ponders Over Strategy to Find Back Winning Ways
She added,”They said that ‘chowkidar chor hai’, but they are the ones who are stealing votes. Rahul Gandhi will have to answer for such acts and the administration must look into the matter.” Also Read - Woman Seen With Rahul Gandhi in Kathmandu Identified And She is Not Chinese Ambassador to Nepal: Report
She also urged the election commission to take appropriate action against the Congress chief. “I tweeted an alert to administration and EC(alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not,” Irani was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - BJP Leaders Share Video of Rahul Gandhi in Kathmandu's Famous Pub, Twitter Has Split Opinion | Watch
Irani retweeted a video wherein an elderly woman claimed that she was forced to caste her vote for the Congress party. “They held my hand and forced me to press the Congress’ button. I wanted to vote for lotus (BJP), the woman can be seen saying the video
According to the reports, her (Irani) supporters said that they would soon lodge a formal complaint with the returning officer in this regard.
Earlier in the day, Irani had lambasted Gandhi for being ‘absent’ from Amethi on the day of voting. “It is for the Congress party to tell the people of Amethi why Rahul Gandhi is absent from Amethi. It is for the workers of Congress party to explain why he is contesting from two constituencies,” Irani said.
Notably, Rahul Gandhi has been representing Amethi for the past 15 years. The parliamentary constituency was won by the Congress president in 2014 general elections against BJP leader and Union Minister Smrit Irani by a margin of over one lakh votes. This time also, the constituency will witness a tough battle between Gandhi and Irani.