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Amethi food park: Smriti Irani slams Rahul over attack on government

Smriti Irani said that Amethi faces a slew of civic problems, a charge she had repeatedly harped on during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in 2014.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2015 9:54 pm
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Union Minister Smriti Irani hit out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday for his attack on the NDA government over a food park project in his constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, saying he had ignored it for the last 10 years.

“The food park was announced in 2010, when the Congress government was there (at the Centre). Eight extensions were sought for the project as it was not considered viable. But did the MP take even eight steps to make the project a reality,” Irani said without naming Gandhi.

She further charged that the foundation stone laying programme for the project was organised in 2013 to “mislead” the people.

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She said that Amethi faces a slew of civic problems, a charge she had repeatedly harped on during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in 2014, when she had tried unsuccessfully to wrest the pocket borough of the Congress Vice President’s family.

“Was the MP not aware then that the project was not viable,” she added.

Without mentioning Gandhi by name, Irani kept up her tirade, saying that “an MP has hit out at the Narendra Modi government… As a person who stayed out of the country for 56 days, he is not aware how the change is also touching Amethi”.

She charged that the Congress plays the sympathy card to win votes but has ignored the interests of Amethi even as she listed out some of the developmental projects initiated in the area after the NDA government came to power.

“I had raised this issue during campaigning and I am again raising it today. Let them answer. They were in power for 10 years and did several things in their interest after joining hands with Samajwadi Party. But why did they not do any work for Amethi,” she said.

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  1. M
    May 8, 2015 at 2:10 am
    loser !!!!!!!
    1. P
      May 8, 2015 at 1:27 am
      Beg your pardon. Food park in Amethi?? where is the food?? Rahul baba, are you still in Bangkok. BTW, avoid Pattaya, you will be cornered by street walkers. If I can be chased by them, you are yummy.
      1. P
        May 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm
        All the hi's contest from consuencies with maximum number of illitrates so that they can carry on fooling them with socialist and pro poor nonsense. There is nothing charitable about representing poor its more a case of saving their own backsides because educated consuents would throw them out. Pappu has been sleeping for ten years and along with the wastrel son of Mulayam's wakes up only at election time.
        1. Ramamurthi Kolagunta
          May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm
          Rahul should not be blamed. He goes to his consuency only for photo-op. People who gather around him are well tutored to make complaints against the Gov't, while eulogizing him for his great contribution to Amethi. Poor Rahul he believes what they say and uses the information to criticize the Gov'ts ( State and Center). His parliament speeches are proving to be good entertainment. Many seem to follow be following him, especially after the INC's Jokers brigade,led by the Zero Loss theorist has become redundant. Rahul with his advisers, Surjewala, Jairam and Maken, seem to have resurrected the Jokers Brigade. People are happy that the Congress has revived the Brigade.
          1. M
            May 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm
            2013 foundation was laid and work started. Now what is the position after BJP coming to power?
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