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Smriti Irani Mocks Rahul Gandhi For South Contest, Says, ‘Amethi Rejected Him’

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| March 24 , 2019 , 11:25 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani, on Saturday took to Twitter after reports emerged that Congress leaders in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have urged him to contest the Lok Sabha polls from their states.

In her tweet which was accompanied by the hashtag #BhaagRahulBhaag, Irani wrote, "Amethi ne thukraya, jagah-jagah se bulaave ka swang rachaya, kyuki janata ne thukraya. #BhaagRahulBhaag Sinhasan khaali karo Rahul ji ki janata aati hai [Amethi rejected Rahul Gandhi...a drama is now being created that people from various states have been calling [Rahul Gandhi] to contest because the people have rejected him. #BhaagRahulBhaag. Vacate the throne Rahul ji because the people are coming]."

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala gave a sharp reply to her and reminded how Irani managed to become a member of parliament (MP) from Rajya Sabha despite losing the Lok Sabha elections from Chandni Chowk and Amethi.

In a tweet, Surjewala said, "Chandni Chowk ne haraya, Amethi ne hara kar bhagaya, jise baar baar janata ne thukraya, har baar Rajya Sabha se sansad ka raasta paaya, ab Amethi ne haar ki hat-trick ka maahaul banaya [Defeated in Chandni Chowk and Amethi, the one who was rejected again and again by the public found a way in Parliament through Rajya Sabha. A scenario of a hat-trick in defeat has now been created in Amethi]" he said.

Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday confirmed that party workers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had urged Gandhi to contest the April-May election from these states. Local reports quoted the Kerala Congress as saying that Rahul Gandhi has agreed to their request to contest from Wayanad constituency in northern Kerala.

Smriti Irani was fielded against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi even in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Amethi has been a bastion of the Congress for decades. Even though Smriti Irani lost the seat, an intense battle was seen between the two as her entry reduced the Congress chief's victory margin by nearly two lakh votes.