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Smriti Irani to file nomination from Amethi on Thursday

Press Trust of India  |  Amethi 

will file her nomination papers from the constituency on Thursday.

and senior leaders are likely to accompany her.

According to Durgesh Tripathi, the of the BJP, Irani was to file her nomination on April 17, but due to a holiday on that day (Mahaveer Jayanti), she changed the date.

figures in the fifth phase of the seven-phased general elections, and voting there will be held on May 6.

Irani faces a poll battle with Rahul Gandhi, who had filed his nomination papers on Wednesday.

In the 2014 elections, had defeated by a margin of 1.07 lakh votes.

Addressing a meeting of traders here, Irani targeted the saying, "Do not support those who dream of disintegrating the country and dividing the society. This will weaken the country."

"has given me respect as an elder sister and not as a candidate. I believe that serving Amethi is my param dharam (prime duty). All you should be cautious of the Congress," she added.

Irani took a jibe at the Gandhi scion for talking about corruption despite himself being out on bail in case and also targeted his Robert Vadra-- an accused in an alleged land grab scam in Rajasthan's Bikaner.

"Today was accompanied by his during filing of nomination papers. I had yesterday said that if 'damadji' is coming to Amethi, then the farmers of Amethi should be ready to defend their land," she said.

"People who are out on bail and accompanied by those neck-deep in corruption, are seeking account (hisaab) of the Army's action," she added.

"Rahul (Gandhi) came to file nomination today but left without meeting the locals. After winning from here, he has gone to Wayanad to file nomination papers, while despite losing (from here) I am serving the people of Amethi," she said further.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 21:05 IST