Smriti Irani, Rahul Gandhi engage in a war of words over Amethi food park

HRD Minister Smriti Irani
HRD Minister Smriti Irani

HRD minister Smriti Irani on 12 May visited Amethi, the constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Irani asked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to join her for “politics of change” for Amethi’s development.

She was responding to Gandhi’s allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was practicing “politics of revenge” and not politics of change which had been promised by him (Modi).  “If Gandhi wishes for politics of change, he should join me in Amethi,” Irani said.

Gandhi had last week attacked Modi over cancellation of food park in his constuituency.

Earlier, Irani, accompanied by MoS Agriculture Sanjiv Balyan, had met farmers here. “Rest of all wheat of farmers, may it be thin or thick, will be purchased by the government.”

She also met family members of those farmers who had committed suicide following damage to crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

She also addressed Kisan Panchayats in Raja Fattepur, Molvi ka Purwa in Tiloi Assembly segment and in Gauriganj. While on her way to Mahso, she was shown black flags by NSUI activists.

Speaking to reporters, “Three generations of Congress leaders made promises to people of Amethi, promises only Modi government can fulfil,” Irani said. “I had promised Amethi that I will be with them all the way. I will come back on 26 May,” Irani added.

She asked, “Gandhi’s announcement came after mine, so who is copying whom? The MP of Amethi is missing here, if he follows my footsteps the people of Amethi might get to see their MP.”

Reacting to Irani’s visit, Gandhi said, “I hope she gets the food park back.”

Incidentally, the issue of Amethi food park has caused a storm in Lok Sabha, with minister of food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal slamming the Opposition and giving details regarding the delay in implementation of the food park, which had first been given in-principle nod on September 24, 2010.



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