Smriti Irani visits Amethi, attacks Rahul on food park issue

Smriti Irani attacked Rahul Gandhi and said he misguided the people while speaking on the land Bill in the Lok Sabha.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Lalmani Verma | Amethi | Updated: May 13, 2015 1:44 am
HRD Minister Smriti Irani meets farmers at a public meeting in Amethi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI photo) HRD Minister Smriti Irani meets farmers at a public meeting in Amethi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI photo)

While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted the Centre on the land Bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan hit back at him on his home ground in Amethi.

“At least 2 lakh hectares of land was acquired during the 10 years (of UPA government). Everybody knows about the biggest property dealer in his family. Now, when his property deals have stopped, they are opposing the new bill,” said Sanjeev Balyan.

Balyan and Irani addressed four kisan panchayats in the area. The message was the same: the Bill is beneficial to farmers and Congress is opposing it to keep them poor.

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Balyan said the NDA government has to acquire land for development of highways, railways and other civic amenities. “In the last one year, land has not been acquired for any property dealer,” he said.

Irani said the compensation for land acquisition would be four times the existing market rate. “One member of the family whose land is acquired will be given a job. But the Congress does not want that to happen. Congress wants your farmers to live in the dark so that they can rule,” she said, adding that Rahul had misguided the people while speaking on the land Bill in the Lok Sabha.

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Irani also told farmers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that wheat crop damaged due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm would be procured in any condition. Banks have been directed not to mount pressure on farmers to return the loans taken for their crop last year, she added.

Talking to the farmers at Inhauna village, Balyan said, “Rahul was touring Punjab and Telangana to meet farmers but he has not come to Amethi yet, although the condition of farmers is worse here and 13 farmers have died.”

When the farmers said procurement of wheat has not started in Amethi, Balyan called up Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan. He then announced that procurement would begin in Amethi from Wednesday.

On the controversy over the mega food park in Amethi, Irani said while Rahul had laid the foundation stone in 2013, the last notice to scrap the project was issued during the UPA government. Balyan added that if Rahul could arrange 50 acres of land for the project, the NDA government would revive it.

Pointing to hoardings congratulating Rahul for getting approval for a central school in Jais, Irani said she had not received any letter from Rahul for a central school in the last one year.


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  1. D
    Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
    May 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm
    I would say "bite him"
    1. I
      May 12, 2015 at 4:41 pm
      The actress need written script and needs director .
      1. B
        May 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm
        What he has been doing for the last 4 years when this project was approved.Now he is doing lot of drama in parliament.Thanks to media projecting him as hero but public are not fools. This foolish acting of Rahul is done for upcoming Bihar election where congress party has no base and organization.Rahul knows if he loses Bihar election the credibility of congress party and his new avatar will be at stake.
        1. R
          May 13, 2015 at 10:07 am
          Smriti Irani has done the right thing to show RaGa his place. I do not know how far the people of Amethi have realized their mistake for giving their mandate to RaGa. The fellow does not even know his consuency well and how can he take up bigger responsibility. Smriti may not be highly educated, but atleast she is working hard and trying to justify the faith the party has placed in her. What about RaGa- What administrative experince he has. Has he shouldered any responsibility. What stopped him taking responsibility and serving people under his mother's government. He was doing drama earlier(tearing the bills? etc. and more drama now. He deserves to be charged with privilege motions in parliament and defamation suits outside, because he has no civil ways of speech.
          1. G
            Gajanan Gaikwad
            May 13, 2015 at 2:09 am
            Smriti ko land bill kuch samazata hain ya..aise hi pathar mar rahi hain..hamesh ki taraha..She is one of the TOP Feku team member in BJP...!!!!
            1. G
              May 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm
              I think Smirti Iran will be the next BJP PM candidate .She gives many false promises like her leader Modi himself. What about the black money promise ?
              1. H
                May 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm
                Ek aur nautanki.
                1. V
                  May 13, 2015 at 2:24 am
                  BJP placed an actress to attract some votes/reduce Rahul votes, that they succeeded. She is a Minister now, Rahul just an opposition party leader.. These guys should learn how developed countries politics works for the welfare of people. I don't think any one in ruling party made any comments about opposition ..they solely work for the welfare of people....opposition means oppose it..that always will be there...Modi doing lots of developed country I hope BJP as a party will learn more. next 5 they can behave properly...
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