‘Amethi rejected him’: Smriti Irani on calls for Rahul Gandhi for south contest

The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani, on Saturday wrote to Twitter to claim that the calls for Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest from a seat in the south were all staged because his constituency had rejected him.

Smriti Irani, who had contested from Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, from where Rahul Gandhi is the sitting MP, had lost by more than 1 lakh votes.

In her tweet which was accompanied by the hashtag #BhaagRahulBhaag, Irani wrote, “Amethi has rejected him. The requests for him to contest from other seats are being staged as people (of Amethi) have rejected him.”

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Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani

जगह-जगह से बुलावे का स्वांग रचाया,

क्योंकि जनता ने ठुकराया। #BhaagRahulBhaag
सिंहासन खाली करो राहुल जी कि जनता आती है

The Congress president has been receiving requests from the Congress workers in the southern states to contest from a southern seat for some time now. Though he will once again contest from Amethi, the Kerala constituency of Wayanad is also being actively considered as a second seat for Rahul Gandhi to contest from. “He is positive about this and a formal announcement will be made soon,” said Kerala Congress committee chief Mullapally Ramachandran.

Responding to Smriti Irani, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala reminded her that she had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to the Congress president.

In his tweet, Surjewala wrote, “You were defeated in Chandni Chowk and in Amethi. Someone who has been rejected by the people has repeatedly found her way to Parliament through the Rajya Sabha, and now you are looking at a hat-trick of defeat in Amethi.”

Randeep Singh Surjewala

चाँदनी चौक ने हराया,

अमेठी ने हरा कर भगाया,

जिसे बार बार जनता ने ठुकराया,

हर बार राज्य सभा से संसद का रास्ता पाया,

अब अमेठी ने हार की हैट्रिक का मौहाल बनाया।

Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani

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Even though the state leaders from Kerala and Karnataka have been confirming news of Rahul Gandhi contesting from a southern seat, the Congress leadership in Delhi has not said anything to effect so far.

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