BJP candidate Smriti Irani on Wednesday filed her nomination from Amethi and attacked her main opponent Rahul Gandhi, saying his own party did not have faith in his abilities to name him the PM candidate.
BJP leader Smriti Irani during an interview at her Delhi house. She is the party’s candidate against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
"This time Amethi is going to script history and Rahul Gandhi would lose the election... people have made up their mind," the BJP vice president told reporters after filing three sets of nomination papers before district magistrate Jagatraj Tewari.
Before filing of papers, 38-year-old Irani took part in puja and 'havan' at the party office of the local unit and also held a road show in Gauriganj, accompanied by sizeable number of party workers and supporters.
Irani said that "her main competitor in these elections is Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and not his B team Kumar Vishwas".
To a question, she said that "Rahul can never become the prime minister of the country.
"...Even the members of his party do not find him capable of it, this is the reason that Congress has not declared his name for the PM's post", she said.
Taking postshots at Aam Aadmi Party Kumar Vishwas, she said that "he does not know how to respect woman and I do not expect anything from him ".
Rahul, who is seeking re-election for a third consecutive term from Amethi constituency, had filed his nomination papers on April 12 and expressed confidence of registering a "good victory".
Vishwas filed his papers on Tuesday. The AAP leader came to Amethi in January, vowing to defeat Rahul.
Dressed in a sari and surrounded by slogan shouting supporters, Irani said, "This democracy in not bound to any family."
She said the constituency has been "deprived of development" for the past six decades though members of Nehru-Gandhi fanily have represented it.
Irani said BJP has sent her to contest against Rahul Gandhi as he "tries to encash on the youth factor and does not deliver on the promises."