New Delhi: Union minister Smriti Irani carried a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi on Thursday ahead of her nomination filing for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, pitting herself against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, yet again. Flanked by chief minister Yogi Adiyanath, Irani waved, smiled and greeted crowds who gave her a rousing welcome in Amethi, while driving by the same 3KM stretch as Gandhi’s a day before.

The Union textiles minister lost the 2014 election to Rahul Gandhi by a margin of over one lakh votes.

The roadshow began with prayers at the Gauriganj’s Budhanmaai temple, where Smriti Irani was accompanied by her husband Zubin Irani.

Enthusiastic party workers took part in the roadshow ahead of the nomination, beating drums and showering rose petals. Many women wore saffron saris and men had ‘angochhas’ in the same colour flung over their shoulders. hey wore ‘Main bhi chowkidar‘ (I am also a watchman) caps, in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking at a roadshow of BJP candidate and Union Minister Smriti Irani before she filed her nomination papers in Amethi, Adityanath said Irani always remained concerned about the town’s development and the huge turnout of supporters was proof of her work even after she lost the 2014 elections.

Smriti Irani said that her victory was ensured in the fact that the Congress president was forced to contest from two Lok Sabha seats. “Rahul Gandhi has already accepted his defeat,” she stated and added that the lotus would bloom this time in Amethi which had been a Congress bastion till now.

Attacking Gandhi on the recent I-T raids, she said that the Income-Tax department has claimed to have detected a racket in collection of unaccounted cash, running into crores. “Rahul Gandhi is still silent over the fact that details of about Rs 280 crore have emerged from the residence of an aide of Kamal Nath,” she charged.

She asserted that the people are looking for a vision in these elections for the development of the country, and added that Narendra Modi will again emerge as the prime minister.

The Bhartiya Janata Party is playing the discourse of Rahul Gandhi’s contest from a second constituency- Wayanad in Kerala- as seeking refuge from a drubbing defeat that he will be handed by Irani this Lok Sabha election.


With inputs from agencies