Union ministers slam Rahul for missing Amethi event: Is he busier than us?

Slamming the Congress, Javadekar said the party has kept the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies uneducated.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Gauriganj (amethi) | Updated: October 23, 2016 11:21 am
Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan, congress, congress amethi, bjp, bjp amethi, amethi colleges, india news Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar in Amethi on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Pramod Adhikari)

Stating that the local MP does not have time for the people of Amethi, three Union ministers led by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, who referred to herself as “Amethi ki didi”, on Saturday slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for not attending two Central government functions here.

Rahul had released a letter on Friday in response to an invitation from Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to attend the inauguration of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology’s (RGIPT) permanent campus, saying he would have attended the function had it been scheduled on a “mutually convenient” date. In an attempt to deny the NDA credit for the institute campus’ inauguration, Rahul also said the Congress-led UPA had initiated the project.

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Pradhan, who along with Irani and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 45-acre campus in Jais area of Amethi, said, “I wanted the local MP to be here but he sent me a letter saying he is busy. People have given him big task in 2014 (Lok Sabha elections). We are not indulging in politics (and) we are proud that the institute is named after Rajiv Gandhi – he was our prime minister.”

Slamming the Congress, Javadekar said the party has kept the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies uneducated – the way the British dealt with Indians during colonial rule – “because they will lose public support if the people became aware”. Rae Bareli and Amethi are said to the Congress’s pocket boroughs – Sonia represents the former in Lok Sabha, and Rahul the latter.

Irani said three Cabinet ministers found time to be in Amethi but Rahul is busier than them. She also claimed that schoolgirls who had protested in front of Rahul, demanding better and cheaper education, were put behind bars. “He is holding khat sabha in UP but he will not come to Amethi. Yahan unki khatiya khadi ho jayegi (he will be finished here),” she said.

Pradhan said the RGIPT project was initiated in 2008 but the UPA government allotted only Rs 129 crore to it in six years. The Modi government, he said, allocated Rs 302 crore in two years, and the pace of work increased after Irani requested him.

“He sent me some budgetary details of the project, so I am saying. I am a student of Sociology but you can see if Pappu has passed in Mathematics or not,” he said in lighter vein, taking a dig at BJP supporters’ nickname for the Amethi MP.

Pradhan said the government will work to make RGIPT one of the best institutes in the country and all public and private petroleum companies will come here for placement.

He also said that he will come next to the institute to unveil a statue of Vivekananda – “whenever the local MP finds it convenient, and I will ask him to spend a night (on campus) with the students along with me.”

The new campus has been developed at a cost of Rs 538 crore. It has about 400 students. While BJP workers put up a large number of hoardings to give credit to the Modi government. Congress workers lined up hoardings thanking Rahul for the institute.

The three Union ministers also distributed LPG connections to about 1,000 families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Gauriganj where Pradhan introduced Irani as someone “who gave a new identity to Amethi in last election”. He said his ministry’s official visited Rahul’s office but it declined to accept the invitation for this programme. “We thought he is from a big family, it will be good if he comes. But he said he is busy. Smriti Irani lost the election but she has come, but he could not find time even after winning,” said Pradhan.

He said only 1 lakh households in Amethi had LPG connection till 2014 and his ministry has given another 1 lakh connections in just two years. Pradhan promised to give another 1 lakh connections in the next two years.

He said Rahul is asking the PM to tell him what he did for farmers but he should first answer why the poor in Amethi could not get cooking gas despite being represented by Gandhi family for three decades.

Pradhan said when he was going to the institute from Fursatganj airstrip, he was surprised to see villagers asking for pure drinking water even after 70 years of independence.

Irani said Rahul is accusing PM of ignoring farmers but his Rajiv Gandhi Trust is occupying the land of farmers in Amethi. She also claimed that land was also grabbed in the name Samrat Cycle and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

Alleging that Rahul had won the Lok Sabha election with the help of Uttar Pradesh minister and Amethi’s Samajwadi Party MLA Gayatri Prajapati, Irani said, “He won with the help of the minister involved in mining. He does not have courage to speak against him.”

While Pradhan promised to open a skill centre in Jais, Javadekar announced opening of centres of National Institute of Open Schooling and Indira Gandhi National Open University in the district on Irani’s request.

 

 

 

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    Sajan
    Oct 23, 2016 at 5:39 am
    of course he is very very busy. lt;br/gt;he has to be - he is a busy man.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;he will be available later perhaps much laterlt;br/gt;after he is done with all his commitments.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And after his mommy give his his cup of coco.lt;br/gt;With extra sugar.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Good boy drink up now.lt;br/gt;Go on Finnish it.
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      din
      Oct 24, 2016 at 10:17 am
      People of Amethi would have stoned Rahul, so chicken went on Hiding
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        din
        Oct 24, 2016 at 10:24 am
        What degree Rahul hold ? Who has Name in black money List ? who is Anti-India ?, Who hides his/her Religion from the public ? How uses Fake Name and Surname? Who has been looting India and Indians since Independence ? Who is Corruption ka Dalal ?
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          Geeta
          Oct 24, 2016 at 2:34 am
          BJP is obsessed with his and Congress; it can't win election on its own. BJP needs Rita Bahguna in UP; it needed Vishnoi in am.It has his in its party
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            Geeta
            Oct 24, 2016 at 2:30 am
            Now fake degree holder Iranee will educate Amethi lol!
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              Sankaran Krishnan
              Oct 27, 2016 at 7:39 am
              It seems he is busy than our PM Modi and US President Obama and expects convenient time to attend the function held at Amethi and by his own act he got himself exposed and shows his utter negligence towards the consuency and hope the voters will teach him a good lesson in the next elections if he stands as a candidate for MP !!!
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Oct 23, 2016 at 7:43 am
                RaGa is an example of real of India. The project is in his consuency. How he willfully avoid the programme is inviting criticism even from Congress camp.
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                  Rabi Mishra
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 7:10 am
                  Rahul is not only an he is a very petty person too, bloated with strange arrogance. He wears a crown on his head, but the back of his pants or pyjamas is torn and gone.The joker does not know that he is a butt of satire even in Amethi.
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                    Parth Garg
                    Oct 23, 2016 at 5:07 am
                    Rahul indeed is busier than the ministers. He is the legendary Abhimanyu fighting it out with the stalwarts from BJP.
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                      Joy
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 6:59 am
                      You could have invited Varun instead of Rahul !! Both are from same family!!!
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                        Anand Ch
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 1:50 am
                        know the pulse of audience before making comments. This will not go down well. Voters till have some love towards hi family and don't ridicule it.
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                          Indian
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 6:52 am
                          Sonia is now powerless, because of love towards her son. He is dictating now without any political knowledge. He is thinking he is the superior leader and other members must follow his order like a boss and workers or dictators with slaves.
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                            Indian
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 6:43 am
                            people like you only have love to that Italian his.
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                              Rajeev Kumar
                              Oct 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                              These jokers think they are in the cl of Rahul hi.One must congratulate Modi for finding likes of Irani,Pradhan,Javdekar and similar fellas for his cabinet.PM used to call on RAGA,what to speak of the riff-raffs of BJP.
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                                Mohan
                                Oct 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                For Congress people. the party is above the nation., and the dynasty iss above the party. So do not expect aany rational thinking from these fellows.
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                                  Guest
                                  Oct 24, 2016 at 7:06 am
                                  At least she can read and will never confuse Bhrastachar and Balatkar which Mr educated Rahul hi has done.
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                                    Guest
                                    Oct 24, 2016 at 7:03 am
                                    He is not Abhimanyu, he is Jayadrath, who hearing that Arjuna is gunning for him ran off from Kurushetra to save his skin.
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                                      subraman
                                      Oct 23, 2016 at 6:58 am
                                      He is walter mitty.
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                                        Ramkumar
                                        Oct 26, 2016 at 8:41 am
                                        Rahul hi cannot be a leader face in INDIA.He does not have a star quality nor a good orator to speak.he does not do his homework nor learns how a neta should be or behave...I am surprised on all the senior congress leaders who have shed tears and blood...how they tolerate him as leader.
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                                          Ramamurthi Kolagunta
                                          Oct 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                                          How can RaGa face the people of Amethi, after having fooled them all these years. Also he has not received any brief from his joker advisers on what to speak. RaGa knows only mudslinging, which will not be appropriate for the function. Good he kept out.
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