Irani lost the election to Gandhi then, however, she has been on and off raising issues of development for Amethi. The minister has not missed a single opportunity to attack the Congress President questioning him on lack of progress in his family bastion.
Six days ago, Irani had condemned Rahul Gandhi saying,
“For years, Gandhi family has been representing Raebareli but still they’re never present to solve problems. People in their own constituencies now except anything from them. What expectations will the nation have?”
#WATCH: Union Minister Smriti Irani says in Raebareli, "For yrs, Gandhi family has been representing Raebareli but still they're never present to solve problems here. People in their own constituencies now don't expect anything from them. what expectations will the nation have?" pic.twitter.com/MXkPabgGSP
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 7, 2018
Congress was prompt in responding, pointing out the irony in Irani’s statement, saying,
“Earlier today, Smriti Irani presided over the NIFT convocation held at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Amethi, where she said there was no development in Amethi. We rest our case.”
Earlier today @smritiirani presided over the NIFT convocation held at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Amethi, where she said there was no development in Amethi.
We rest our case. pic.twitter.com/ZR1yBU1OaO
— Congress (@INCIndia) September 7, 2018
As reported by the Economic Times, Congress President and Member of Parliament from Amethi, has shot off a series of letters to various Union ministers red flagging the extremely slow progress in centrally funded projects for Amethi.
He has infact turned the table and questioned the centre over the issue of slow sanctions for the development and delivery in the Congress stronghold.
The letters list out projects that were sanctioned in 2013-14 however, were still pending. In a letter dated 30th August, 2018, Gandhi had written to Railway minister Piyush Goyal about the ‘extremely slow progress’ in at least ten works which were sanctioned for Amethi.
The letter lists out each of the projects with their current status—six of the ten projects were sanctioned in 2013-14, but have been in slow lane ever since, the letter details. In another communication Gandhi has sent to Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, he has listed out ten roads in Amethi which are “in very poor condition”, as reported by ET.
Gandhi has requested these ten ‘priority roads’ be repaired under the Central road Fund.
“As these are important roads, their improvement on priority basis would facilitate maintenance of road network in the district”, the Congress President has written.
It is estimated that the repair of these roads measuring some 157 kms will cost about Rs 26 lakhs. A third communication has gone to the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar drawing attention to an Amethi Kendriya Vidyalaya plan pending since 2014, reported ET.
Infrastructure is a major sector that propels overall development of the Indian economy and Gandhi’s letters to three union ministers seeking their response demonstrates lack of support from the Centre towards the constituency of Amethi.