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Amit Shah, Smriti Irani slam Rahul in Congress bastion

Press Trust of India  |  Amethi (UP) 

chief today took on vice president in his constituency Amethi, questioning him over development in the "Nehru-Gandhi family bastion" despite his three generations getting elected from here.

Shah, joined by union minister Smriti Irani and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, slammed Gandhi for "mocking" at Gujarat's development and said he "cannot see development as he sports Italian spectacles."


Addressing a public meeting here, the chief said Prime Minister Modi and Adiyanath will ensure all- round development of Amethi as also rest of the state.

"You have trusted a family for 60 years, now and Modi and you will not feel betrayed," Shah told the gathering in the presence of Adityanath and Irani, who had lost to in the 2014 polls in Amethi.

He said there were two models of development here -- a "Nehru-Gandhi model" and the "Modi model".

Amethi is known all over the world as a "Nehru-Gandhi family bastion" but there has been no development, he said.

Responding to Gandhi's repeated posers as to what the had done during its rule, Shah said, "the ruled the country for 70 years. I want to ask you that you have been MP here for a long time but why is there no collector's office, TB hospital and Akashwani's FM here? Erosion of land due to Gomti river has not been stopped."

He added that the has "given a prime minister who speaks".

Slamming Gandhi for questioning development in Gujarat, Shah said, "He is mocking at the development in Gujarat. I want to ask 'Shahzada' of the as to what your three generations have given to Amethi? You sought account of our past three years but people of Amethi are taking account of works done here by your past three generations."

Taking a swipe at Gandhi, Shah said, "Rahul baba cannot see development as he sports Italian spectacles."

He said the had launched 106 schemes over the last three years and named some of those.

"For the first time in 35-40 years, I am seeing that the winning candidate (Rahul Gandhi) remains missing from his constituency and a defeated candidate (Irani) is giving time to the people," Shah said hailing the work being done in the area by Irani.

"Chief Minister and Prime Minister Modi will develop UP," he asserted.

Irani, while attacking Gandhi, said she wanted to address those who saw Amethi just from the point of view of votes.

She said there is not even the Collector's office in Amethi.

She said Gandhi used to talk about development in the country and abroad and is mocking at Gujarat's development but the Foundation here has not returned land taken from farmers.

"Rahul Gandhi, who used to talk about relief to farmers, did not return their land taken by Foundation here," the Union minister for information and broadcasting and textiles said.

Referring to the closure of a cycle factory called Samrat, she said, "... the country was surprised that the Foundation, headed by Rahul, which did not do any commercial activities has purchased it. The land should be freed and given back to the farmers."

Irani had created a stir in 2015 when she accused the top leadership of usurping nearly 65 acres of land acquired from farmers for setting up a manufacturing unit, Samrat Cycle, a project that never materialised.

Noting that the won four out of five seats during the 2017 assembly polls when Shah had come here, Irani said, "In 2019 (polls) will win here."

Irani led a high-voltage campaign against in Amethi in 2014. Gandhi secured 4,08,651 votes against Irani's 3,00,748.

Though Irani lost to the vice president in Amethi, she managed to reduce his victory margin from around 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.

Adityanath said, "We will leave no stone unturned in developing Amethi or for that matter the entire state."

He also said no son-in-law or son will be allowed to grab land in the state, but did not take any names.

At today's meeting, a slew of projects were unveiled for Amethi and a number of foundation stones were laid, days after had during his visit here accused the governments at the Centre and in of re- inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 18:48 IST
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