Elections 2019: Smriti Irani Says Congress Cheated  Amethi For 55 Years
Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani offers prayers at Kalikan Dham on the first day of Navratri, in Amethi. (Photo: PTI)

Elections 2019: Smriti Irani Says Congress Cheated Amethi For 55 Years


Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani attacked the Congress on Saturday, saying the party had cheated the people of Amethi for 55 years.

"Ram's 'vanvas' (exile) ended in 14 years, but Amethi's vanvas is going to end after 15 years. The people of Amethi are going to bid farewell to the 'naamdar' (dynast) on May 6 (polling day). The Congress cheated the people for 55 years," Irani told newspersons on the third day of her visit to the city.

"Naamdars took the vote of Amethi for fruits of power, but did not think of the development here," she said.

Irani lashed out at the Congress leader for his recent comments on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leadership. "Only those who do not have values throw muck on others," she said, referring to Gandhi's comments on BJP patriarch LK Advani.

Lamenting that the people of Amethi lack basic amenities even after 70 years of Independence, Irani said the farmers still do not get water for irrigation.

Later, she met Sant Fakkad Baba at the Kalikan Dham and sought his blessings. Interacting with other devotees, Irani said she has adopted Amethi as her home which she will never leave and the people here have given her the honour of 'didi'.

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