Amethi: Targeting the Congress for the “lack of development" in Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said works which the Gandhi family ignored for five decades have been done in the four years of Modi government.
Speaking about the imminent visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to the constituency, Irani said she had fulfilled her promise to Amethi’s people that they’d see more of the Gandhi scion due to her. “I had told the country, especially the people, in 2014, that Rahul (Gandhi) will be seen more because of me and I am very happy that I have proved what I had said," Irani told mediapersons in Amethi, on the last day of her two-day visit.
“I thank each and everyone who has helped in development works in this area and Rahulji should come here and see how much work is possible in four years which his family failed to do in 40 to 50 years," she said. Irani had unsuccessfully fought the last Lok Sabha poll against Rahul Gandhi, but had maintained her links with the constituency ever since.
“In four years, more than 80 development works have been undertaken, including ₹ 55 crore for Swachhata mission to one constituency or making 180 villages ODF...they all will testify as to how this area had been deprived of development (till now)," said Irani. “It is the commitment of the prime minister that despite the BJP candidate not winning the election, the workers and central government in coordination with the state government continued to undertake development works (here)," she said.
Asked about women security, the union minister said she had personally met the superintendent of police for setting up help desks for women in all the police stations of the district. “The question is that for years this (area) has remained the stronghold of the highest leadership of the Congress but the facility of this kind had not been made available in the police stations...who are these people who travel all over the country and discuss Constitution, talk about backwards, farmers and science...but works for all these areas are done by the Narendra Modi government?," she asked.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also paid glowing tributes to Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary.