WAYANAD (Keral): Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday held a meeting with officials in Wayanad – the constituency represented by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to review the implementation of welfare works and schemes of the central government.
“For our friends in Wayanad… With warm regards, Amethi,” she said. in the video, Irani attacked Gandhi as the ‘so-called youth Saansad’ who was ‘known for spending vacations abroad’. “Amethi did not even have a passport office” during his tenure, she said in the video. She further said that after 2014, when PM Narendra Modi-led government came to power in the country, Amethi witnessed a transformation. “A fire station, Central and Sainik schools, a girls’ college was established in the region. An all-services passport office was started. And the Fursatganj Airport would become operational soon,” the video said.
“There is much that has not been done and I have been assured (by the district administration) that it will be done,” Irani said in her interaction with reporters in Wayanad. In a tweet, Irani also shared a video of the development works carried out in Amethi during her tenure as the MP of the constituency. Ms Irani, on Tuesday, shared a video of the development works in Amethi, her constituency, and said that not much has been done in Wayanad. Irani, the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, visited Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s constituency and said that many of the Central government schemes such as those related to health, education, nutrition, and financial services needed to be delivered in Amethi.
Earlier in the day, Irani chaired a meeting with officials to review the implementation of welfare works and schemes of the Central Government. She said that the administration has assured her that all households in Wayanad will have water connections by 2023. Irani said that there were around 57,000 farmers in the Wayanad district who did not have the Kisan Credit Card. Besides, over 1.35 lakh families/ households did not have water connections. She also said that housing schemes for the poor were not being implemented. “In the aspirational district of Wayanad today, chaired a meeting with officials to review the implementation of welfare works and schemes of Central Government,” Irani said in a tweet.
Union Minister also visited Varadoor Anganwadi Centre developed by a Central Government PSU as part of its CSR activities in Kaniyambetta Gram Panchayat of Wayanad district. She also spent time with children at Ponnada Anganwadi Centre in Kalpetta, Wayanad and interacted with tribal families of Maravayal and Ambalachal areas in Wayanad.
Irani’s visit to Wayanad comes when Rahul Gandhi visited Nepal to “attend a wedding”. He was seen in a viral video at a nightclub in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. While the Saffron BJP leaders grabbed the opportunity to hit out at Rahul Gandhi, Congress sharply reacted and said “it has still not become a crime in this country to attend a marriage celebration”. However, there is no independent authentication of the contents of the viral video.
Irani and Rahul Gandhi have been political rivals in Amethi since 2014. She was pitted by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but was defeated by over one lakh votes. However, Irani emerged as a giant killer in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and defeated Rahul Gandhi in the Congress stronghold. Rahul Gandhi had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from two seats and won from Wayanad.
(Bureau Report with media inputs).