New Delhi: Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi after he accused PM Narendra Modi of lying on Amethi ordinance factory, Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Monday claimed that the Congress president is ‘scared of development’ in his own Lok Sabha constituency.
“You are scared to see development in Amethi, that you did not see what was inaugurated in Korwa was a JV. Under this agreement between India and Russia, AK-203 rifles will be manufactured,” she said, tagging Rahul Gandhi on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The TV actress-turned-politician, who had unsuccessfully contested from the Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections further alleged that Gandhi had laid the foundation stone of a unit for which the foundation stone had already been laid by a Congress leader two decades ago.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi had launched a scathing attack on PM Modi by calling him a ‘liar’. The Congress president had also asked if he (PM Modi) ‘felt ashamed’ while taking credit for work done by him. The Congress president had claimed he laid the foundation stone in 2010 and that the factory has been producing small weapons for years.
“Dear Prime Minister ji, I had laid the foundation for Ordnance factory in Amethi in 2010. Small arms are being manufactured there for past many years. You visited Amethi on Sunday and out of force of habit (lying), said something else. Do you not feel ashamed of yourself?, Rahul asked on Twitter.
Rahul Gandhi’s outburst comes a day after PM Narendra Modi visited Amethi, a Congress bastion in Uttar Pradesh and inaugurated the manufacturing unit for AK-203 rifles, an India-Russia joint venture. In addition, the Prime Minister announced development projects worth nearly Rs 538 crore for Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.
While addressing a rally, PM Modi in a veiled attack on Congress said, “Some people keep giving “made in..”, speeches, But Modi walks the talk. We have made “Made in Amethi” a reality. This factory should have come into being 8-9 year back. But the full potential of the initiative was never realised.”