Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took veiled shots at petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday for not inviting him well in advance to the inauguration function of a state-run technology institute in the Congress leader’s constituency Amethi.
Union textile minister and Gandhi’s rival candidate in the last Lok Sabha polls, Smriti Irani will attend the inauguration of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) along with Pradhan and human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar.
In his letter to Pradhan, the Congress V-P said, “I would have certainly liked to have attended the inaugural function had it been planned and scheduled on a mutually convenient date. I do look forward to visiting the new campus once classes commence.”
Gandhi reminded Pradhan that it was the UPA government which had enacted the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Act, 2007, to make the RGIPT an institute of national importance in the field of petroleum technology and allied energy sectors with significant budgetary support.
He said he had been personally visiting the campus since 2008. Claiming full credit for the project, Gandhi said “this historical effort of ours is moving forward”.
Gandhi told Pradhan that a number of other development works had been pending in Amethi and sought his help in expediting the completion of such projects.
(With agency inputs)