New Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday slammed the Congress and promised to work harder against the party in the Amethi constituency in which she is contesting. Smriti Irani said, “In the last 5 years, they have attacked me in every which way possible. I only have one message for them, the more you will insult me, the more you will attack me, the harder I will work against Congress in Amethi.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, the Congress alleged that Union minister Smriti Irani was a “serial liar” who had “falsified records” of her educational qualifications and submitted contradictory affidavits to the Election Commission for which she should be disqualified. Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi also accused Irani of misusing her influence and power as a Union minister.
“Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had been rubbishing Opposition’s claim that she is not a graduate, yesterday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it,” Chaturvedi said. She should step down and also be disqualified from contesting the polls, added Chaturvedi.
There was no immediate reaction from the BJP over the issue. The BJP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani on Thursday submitted to the Election Commission that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University. In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.
On Thursday, Smriti Irani accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath filed her nomination papers in Amethi. They also held a roadshow before the nomination which was joined by BJP workers, including saffron saree-clad women, in large numbers. The roadshow continued in different localities of the town in Uttar Pradesh.
The Amethi parliamentary constituency, represented in the Lok Sabha by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has four Assembly segments of Tiloi, Gauriganj and Jagdishpur (reserved) in Amethi district and Salon (reserved) in Raebareli. Amethi goes to polls on May 6 in the fifth phase of voting. Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also filed his nomination on Thursday.
(With agency inputs)