Arun Jaitley: Amethi ripe for anti-incumbency vote

Rahul Gandhi is seeking a hat-trick of victories from the seat but BJP and AAP have perked up the contest by fielding Smriti and Vishwas from there.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 5, 2014 4:27 am

Ahead of Narendra Modi’s rally in the Gandhi family’s pocket borough of Amethi, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday said the constituency is “ripe” for a strong anti-incumbency against Rahul Gandhi whose relationship with the seat is “nominal”.

The Congress vice-president is seeking a hat-trick of victories from the seat but BJP and AAP have perked up the contest by fielding Smriti Irani and Kumar Vishwas from there.

“The relationship of Amethi with its sitting MP is nominal. Despite having been a family stronghold for decades, Amethi remains one of the most backward constituencies… The situation is ripe for a strong anti-incumbency against the sitting MP. With a formidable candidate in place and a Modi campaign to back it, Amethi should be ready for a surprise. Amethi can be won by the BJP,” the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha wrote in his blog.

Arguing that Rahul Gandhi has not done much for the area, he said, “The infrastructure in Amethi is inadequate. It is a constituency where internal roads are not the object of envy. Many industrial units are sick. It is a constituency of people living in inadequate houses.”

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