The Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Union Minister Smriti Irani for her jibe on Rahul Gandhi, saying she was mostly angry and trying to copy actor Amitabh Bachchan but ends up being a villain as she gears up to face another defeat in Amethi.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the people of Amethi will ensure her “decisive defeat” and will show her what “temperate behaviour is and what respect for the opponent is”.
“I can understand the scepticism and also the constant fear that prevails in the mind of Smriti Irani ji. She is mostly angry, trying to copy Amitabh Bachchan but she always ends up being the villain in the story. She is getting ready for her third successive defeat,” he said.
“We will defeat her with the blessings of the people of Amethi, but we will always respect her as an opponent,” Surjewala said.
The Congress leader also took a swipe at her saying despite her third defeat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give her a Rajya Sabha seat and she should not be worried, “for she has never won even a panchayat election in her whole life”.
On her first visit to Amethi, Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, after the Lok Sabha elections were announced, Irani attacked the Congress president, saying his decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala was an ‘insult’ to Amethi.
The 48-year-old Congress chief is contesting from Kerala in addition to his traditional stronghold Amethi, where he is pitted against the Union textile minister.
Here is what Smriti Irani had said about Rahul Gandhi
On a day Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed nomination from Kerala’s Wayanad, Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani referred to him as “lapata saansad of Amethi” (missing Amethi MP) and alleged that having failed to provide development to the people of Amethi, he has now gone to Kerala to deceive people there.
“Aaj lapata saansad ji Kerala gaye hain parcha dakhil karne…unse kehna chahti hun ki 15 saal aap Amethi mein khaad (fertiliser) ki ek rack nahi utaar paye…ab jaa ke Kerala ki janata ko chhalte ho (Today, the missing MP has gone to Kerala to file nomination papers. For 15 years, he failed to ensure a single rack of fertiliser comes to Amethi, and has now gone to Kerala to deceive people there),” Irani said at a farmers’ meet in her constituency on Thursday.
Irani lost to Rahul in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but was seen to have put up a spirited fight.
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