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Smriti Irani slams Mahagathbandhan for opportunistic politics, says she will build Amethi from scratch

Updated : May 25, 2019 05:52 PM IST

Union minister Smriti Irani, who emerged as a giant-killer by dealing a shock defeat to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, said on Friday that she will build her constituency from scratch and is grateful to voters.

In an interview to CNN-News18, Irani slammed Mahagathbandhan for opportunistic politics, saying that leaders came together at grand alliance as they had a desire to retain power for themselves.

Talking on Gandhi's resignation, she said, "It is not the BJPs job to save the Congress or to direct the Congress as to how the Congress president or for that matter any Congress leader needs to conduct themselves."

Further, she said, "I think a political history was written yesterday. You had an entire ecosystem which was very vibrant under the Congress leadership which spoke about the Rs 72,000 package. However, the political maturity of the average Indian voter is something that we need to salute. They saw rhetoric and they compared it to the development on the ground and development work."

“For me, it was about a promise that I made in 2014. Everybody who has covered the BJP knows that nobody in the BJP knows who will be a candidate for a particular seat. It is not a given. Given those circumstances, I was very, very focused that I need to keep my promises to the people and that is all I endeavoured to. It was an additional blessing that I became the candidate in 2019 but it was not a given in 2014 or from 2014 to 2019,” union textiles minister said.

"There is a sacrifice that has gone in as a person, as a woman, as a mother for you. Your children passed through their boards, you were on the campaign trail. You would have wanted to be there but you were, out there, working wanting to a prove a point," she said.

The Gandhi scion had defeated her in Amethi in 2014 by a margin of 1.07 lakh votes.
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