UNION Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and AICC President Rahul Gandhi got elected from Rae Bareilly and Amethi parliamentary Constituencies in Uttar Pradesh but failed to develop their own constituencies despite remain power till 2014.Seventy to 80 per cent of houses there are still made of mud. After interacting with the locals, Smriti Irani, a TV star turned politician and now a Parliamentarian from Gujarat ,asked the Gandhi family on Friday to answer “lack of development” in their strongholds .While Sonia Gandhi represents Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha , Rahul Gandhi holds the adjacent Amethi seat. Irani herself contested unsuccessfully in 2014 against Rahul Gandhi. The people in the area had no expectations of its development, she told reporters after visiting the Modern Coach Factory at Rae Bareilly.
She said that during the UPA government’s term, railway coaches were brought to the factory from Kapurthala and shown as the achievement of the Rae Bareli unit. “Now under the Narendra Modi government, 700 coaches are made here,” she said.
“The rail coach factory here has become a symbol of possibilities under the Narendra Modi government,” she said. Irani also attended the 8th convocation ceremony of the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Amethi on Friday. Speaking at the event, she asked parents to treat their daughters and sons impartially. A total of 105 students of the institute were awarded degrees in various subjects on the occasion. There is indication that she will be fielded by the BJP to contest against Rahul Gandhi at Amethi in the 2019 Lo Sabha poll. In 2014, non-Congress votes were split between AAP candidate Kumar Biswas and Smriti Irani .She had launched campaign belatedly.