Union minister Smriti Irani Thursday filed nomination papers from Amethi, pitting herself against Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has won thrice from the Lok Sabha constituency regarded as Gandhi family pocket borough.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accompanied her in a show of strength in the constituency, which has been nursed by the Union textiles minister even after she was defeated by Gandhi last time.
She lost the 2014 election by over a lakh votes, but the shrunken margin of victory for Gandhi boosted the Bharatiya Janata Party's hopes.
Irani, who has been lashing out at Gandhi for missing from Amethi and for its lack of development, continued to attack him on Thursday, questioning his silence over the Income Tax raids against aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
The road show began with prayers at the Gauriganj's Budhanmaai temple, where her husband Zubin Irani accompanied her.
Enthusiastic party workers took part in the road show 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. They wore 'Main bhi chowkidar' (I am also a watchman) caps, in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Irani submitted four sets of nomination papers to district election officer R M Mishra.
taking with reporters, Irani targeted her rival over the recent I-T raids.
The Income-Tax Department has claimed it has 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. Rahul's silence exposes his reality."
Irani said the people are looking for a vision in these elections for the development of the country, asserting that Modi will again emerge as prime minister.
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