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Rahul remembers Amethi only while filing poll papers: Irani

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Smriti Irani, who is the BJP candidate against from in Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday said the remembers his constituency only once in five years when he has to file his nomination papers for elections.

She also accused Gandhi of being insensitive towards the women from poor families in who have to relieve themselves in the open due to lack of toilets at their houses.

"who lives in palaces does not feel sad about the poor women from his constituency who have to go out in the open for defecation," Irani said while addressing a rally at Patan.

Irani said senior leaders would always praise "Rahul Shree" irrespective of the assembly or elections.

"He (Rahul) is such a person who shows up in his own constituency only once in five years and that too because it is compulsory to file nomination papers from the head office (constituency," she said.

Irani further said had filing the poll nominations been not mandatory, Gandhi would not have bothered to visi even once in five years.

"From what I saw in Amethi, the MP, who is representing the seat for the last 15 years, does not feel sad about the fact that while he lives in big palaces, women from poor families in Amethi had to defecate in the open," Irani said.

While houses of Congress leaders were lit by "ghee lamps", the poor women had to search for darkness while relieving themselves in the open out of shame.

"When lights of a vehicle falls on them, they cover their faces so that their families won't have to feel ashamed," she said.

The said toilets have been built for two lakh families in Amethi for the first time (under the rule of the BJP).

Irani lost the to Gandhi in 2014 by a margin of over one lakh votes.

In 2019 polls, Gandhi is contesting from Wayanad constituency in besides Amethi.

Irani also attacked the Congress over corruption.

"If anyone wants to make a comparison on the basis of development, then compare any seat in with Amethi, and everything will become clear," the said.

Irani further said there was time when the entire country would plunge into darkness because of coal not reaching power plants. "And in such a situation, the country looked towards where the then (prime minister Narenra Modi) had ensured that every village gets power and that the houses of the poor are lit up," she added.

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

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:40 IST