A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi was ousted from his bastion, Union Minister Smriti Irani Friday expressed her gratitude to the people of Amethi for electing her. Irani defeated the three-time sitting MP by over 55,000 votes.
Taking to Twitter, the BJP leader, who was defeated in 2014 from the same seat, said, “A new start for the people of Amethi, a new determination. Thank you, Amethi. You trusted and opted for development and allowed the Lotus to bloom. We are thankful to the people of Amethi.”
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— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 24, 2019
Congress turned out to be the major loser in this election in Uttar Pradesh, It not only lost Amethi but also its already low vote share was also depleted despite launching Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as party general secretary in charge of the eastern region.
Rahul accepted defeat and asked Irani to take care of Amethi. BJP leaders claim that it was the constant presence of Smriti Irani in the constituency that ensured her victory. She distributed saplings and saris, held employment camp, and showcased free movies that worked in the party’s favour.