Union minister Smriti Irani, who defeated Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the elections on Saturday did what Congress President Rahul Gandhi couldn’t /did not do in the past one-and-a-half decade. Irani announced on Saturday that she will construct her own house in Amethi.
“Amethi would now be my permanent home and I would be accessible to the people”, Irani said while addressing the people. The Gandhi family, however, never found a permanent abode in Amethi even though Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2019 and his mother Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 1999. The family chose to stay in guest houses during their visits.
The announcement was made by UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya who was in Amethi with the new MP Smriti Irani to inaugurate the projects that have been completed. Decision to build a house in her constituency is a clear indication that she intends to continue her relationship with Amethi in the coming years.