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Arun Jaitley to spend his MP area development funds on Rae Bareli: UP BJP spokesperson

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Minister Jaitley will spend his area development funds on Rae Bareli, a move being seen as an attempt by the BJP to breach the Gandhi family bastion in the 2019 polls.

'Representative' of Jaitley and UP told PTI, "Almost a month back, Jaitley had chosen district as a Rajya Sabha from The backwardness of the district despite being represented by a prominent political family and the various demands which have been emanating from the district, prompted Jaitley ji to choose this."

Under the Members of (MPLADS), each has the choice to suggest to the for works to the tune of Rs 5 crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.

A can recommend works in one or more districts in the state from where he/she has been elected.

Bajpai said, "The minister may tour in the first or second week of November."

However, Bajpai ruled out any possibility of an epic battle in the 2019 elections between and Jaitley. "He (Jaitley) will not contest the elections, but will strengthen the BJP in the bastion," Jaitley's said.

The people in have been demanding a stadium, a university, solar lights and solar energy-operated pumps in remote villages of the district, Bajpai said, and added that efforts would be made to fulfil all the incomplete works in the district so that people could heave a sigh of relief.

He also said Rs 2.5 crore had already reached the (the nodal person to carry out the works using the MPLADS funds).

Rae Bareli is currently represented by in the Lok Sabha, while the neighbouring parliamentary constituency of Amethi is represented by (current president).

Prior to this, had won from Rae Bareli in 1980, while her elder son had represented Amethi in Lok Sabha in 1984, 1989 and 1991. had won from Amethi in 1980.

"Rae Bareli, which remained in darkness, as development eluded it during the the rule, has now started experiencing the first rays of development touching its soil. Whenever any enters a district, it adds a new dimension to the growth saga of the district," Bajpai said, claiming that people of Rae Bareli are happy that the minister will be spending his MP area development funds on the district.

Jaitley's also said, "This will help the BJP achieve its mission of bagging more than 73 Lok Sabha seats from UP in the 2019 " sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

In the 2014 parliamentary elections, the BJP won 71 seats, its ally Apna Dal got two, while the SP bagged five and the Congress won the remaining two.

Smriti Irani, during a recent visit to Amethi and Rae Bareli last month, had attacked the Gandhi family for the lack of development in its stronghold.

She had accused the two Congress leaders for failing to develop their own constituencies, claiming that 70 to 80 per cent of houses were still made of mud.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had bagged 5,26,434 votes and defeated her BJP rival by a margin of 3,52,713 votes.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 13:20 IST