Unlike Rahul, Smriti decides to build her house in Amethi
For more than a decade, Uttar Pradesh's Amethi had an absent parliamentarian- Rahul Gandhi. The Gandhi scion treated Amethi as his private property and failed to do his duties as an MP. After years, the citizens finally realized how they were cheated and voted him out. He was succeeded by BJP's Smriti Irani, who is taking steps to show she is different from Rahul, in more ways than one.
It might come as a surprise but despite "governing" Amethi from 2004 to 2019, Rahul didn't care to build his house there. This explains why he remained absent from his constituency and mostly visited when he wanted votes. In sharp contrast with Rahul, Smriti, who is handling Women and Child Development and Textiles ministries, has decided to build her house in the constituency.
Smriti made the announcement on Saturday during the inauguration of Rs. 30-crore road project. The event was attended by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya too. Reportedly, Smriti has identified a plot in Gauriganj area. The Union Minister, who emerged as a giant-killer, said Amethi is her permanent home now and doors of her house will always remain open.
"I am thankful to you for electing a woman from a simple family over a 'naamdaar'. I understand there are some four lakh people who voted for Congress. They must not worry about benefiting from welfare schemes like Ujjwala, PMAY, and toilets under Swachh Bharat," Smriti said.
Smriti also visited Baraulia village and met the family members of her slain aide Surendra Singh. He was murdered just two days after Smriti won elections. The actor-turned-politician was accompanied by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Notably, Baraulia village was adopted by Sawant's predecessor Manohar Parrikar. Sawant came all the way to UP because of the emotional bond he shared with Parrikar.
Separately, a woman fell at Smriti's feet during a function. She was troubled as her family members allegedly grabbed her land. Smriti picked her up and listened to her. She assured the woman that action would be taken against anyone who is at fault.
#WATCH Amethi: A local woman falls at the feet of Union Minister Smriti Irani on the stage, complaining of land grabbing by family members. Smriti Irani took cognizance of the matter and assured the woman of action. pic.twitter.com/FwR3pKZ3MW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 22, 2019