Lucknow: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is touring her Lok Sabha constituency of Sultanpur for days now. During a rally there, she spoke openly about how the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has earned the notoriety of doling out party tickets in exchange for money. (Also read: Rahul to File Nominations From Wayanad Today)
Addressing the public in Sultanpur on Wednesday, she said, “Sab log jaante hain ki Mayawati ticket bechti hain, ye to unke party ke log garv se bolte hain, unke 77 ghar hain, unke rehne waale bhi garv se bolte hain hamare Mayawati Ji ya to hiro mein leti hain ya to paiso mein leti hain, lekin leti hain 15 cr rupay (Everyone knows Mayawati sells party tickets. This is something her own party workers say. She has 77 houses and the residents say with pride that Mayawati either charges in diamonds or in cash but she charges Rs 15 crore).”
She went on to add, “Koi ticket muft mein nahi diya jaata. Unhone ticket is tarah beche hain, 15 cr mein. Ab main puchti hu bandookdhaari logon se, aapke paas 15 cr dene ke liye kahan se aaye? Ab inhone de diya hai, aur ye kahan se banayenge 15-20 cr, aapke jebon se (Nobody distributes tickets for free. They’ve sold tickets for Rs 15 crore each. I want to ask gun-wielding people, where did you get this Rs 15 crore from. And I want to tell the public, they’ve paid the money, now how do you think they will earn it back? By digging into your pockets).”
The Union Minister for Woman and Child Development has this time being fielded from Sultanpur. In fact, her son is going to contest from Pilibhit which has been Maneka’s seat while Sultanpur is his.
Maneka is pitted against Congress’ Sanjay Singh, a local royal, in Sultanpur. It would be a tough contest for both the BJP and the Congress in Sultanpur. Since Sultanpur is next to Rae Bareli and Amethi, the Gandhi kins will be engaged in electoral battles in the same region though they are not pitted against each other.