Amethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani was in Amethi but she didn’t miss the opportunity to pick on Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his hometurf. She said, that the UP government had gifted projects worth Rs 786 crore to Amethi while all Rahul could gift were “Israeli bananas”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points

“Rs 776 crore ka kaam Amethi mein ho raha hai, Rahul ji ke kheme se awaaz aayi Rs 776 crore ki saugaat Amethi ko BJP degi aur main Israeli kela doonga Amethi ko. Main stabdh hoon ki desi kela tak nahi mila Congress ko ki wo Amethi mein baant de (Amethi is seeing development work of Rs 776 crore here. So Rahul camp said that they will distribute Isreali bananas? I am stunned that they couldn’t find homegrown bananas to distribute)?” Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM

She added that Rahul was only following in the footsteps of the RSS which has distributed fruit saplings to families.  “Though Rahul is following in the footsteps of the Sangh, he is levelling false accusations against PM Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership in Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan. He is abusing PM Modi but BJP is committed to the development of Amethi,” she said after laying the foundation stones of projects and dedicating infrastructure, including 49 connecting roads, a “sadbhav mandap” in Jagdishpur, four new ITI centres, and 200 handpumps under the petroleum ministry’s corporate social responsibility programme. Also Read - ‘Shameful to Treat Indian Citizens Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown

She also reportedly distributed appliances to 1,492 divyangs (handicapped), dedicated primary health centres in Seenthua, Jethu and Mavai, and a newly-constructed power facility. Irani’s statement came days after Rahul had sent thousands of banana saplings to people in Amethi as a Diwali gift. Irani herself had sent 10,000 sarees.

Accusing Rahul of using foul language against Modi and RSS, she said, “Swayamsewaks can say with humility that though the Gandhi family rained lathis on them, the Bhaurao Deoras Sewa Nyas of RSS will construct a community health centre worth Rs 10 crore in Amethi. This is called service.”

“I want to ask Rahul why he could not organise a single rozgar mela (job fair) in Amethi despite representing the constituency for 15 years,” she said. The BJP government had organised a job fair in Amethi.