New Delhi: Union minister Smriti Irani reached Amethi in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday to kickstart her two-day campaign but first launched a scathing attack from the airport itself on her political rival and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Speaking to the media, Irani fired, “He has enjoyed a position of power for over 15 years and now he is deserting the people of Amethi to file nomination from Wayanad. People of Amethi will not forget this, will not forgive him… ” Also Read - 'Goondaraj in UP': Opposition Targets Yogi Government After 8 Policemen Killed in Kanpur

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Smriti Irani is BJP’s candidate fighting the Lok Sabha contest against Rahul Gandhi from the famed Congress bastion of Amethi. She had contested the 2014 elections also from Amethi but lost to Gandhi by a mere margin of over one lakh votes.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi is set to hold a two-hour roadshow in Wayanad on Thursday ahead of his nomination filing from the constituency. The party president will contest the Lok Sabha elections from both Wayanad in Kerala and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

Furthering her jibe at Gandhi, Irani said, “He is betraying Amethi and the people here will not tolerate this.”

A senior BJP leader said that Irani will address a public meeting in Salon assembly constituency area. It is for the first time that Irani will be campaigning in the high-profile constituency after the schedule of the polls were announced.