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Amethi rally Highlights: Amit Shah targets Rahul Gandhi, says BJP has given the country a PM who speaks

BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over development in his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2017 14:09 IST
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Hindustan Times, Amethi
BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a rally in Amethi.
BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a rally in Amethi.(ANI Photo)

A week after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of claiming credit for schemes launched by his party for Amethi, BJP chief Amit Shah addressed a rally in the Congress bastion.

The BJP chief asked Rahul Gandhi to show his report card as the Amethi MP and urged the people to give the BJP and Narendra Modi a chance in the 2019 Lok Sabha constituency.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the demonetisation move was praised even by Nobel-winning economist Richard Thaler.

The rally is aimed at playing up Union minister Smriti Irani’s work for the constituency.

Union minister Smriti Irani, who lost to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi, targeted the Congress vice president, saying the person who doesn’t know the difference between relay transmission and FM station is talking of development.

The BJP leaders claim that the rally will showcase growing saffron presence in the Congress citadel where BJP won six out of the 10 assembly seats in the UP assembly polls.

Below are the highlights:

1.34pm: “You have reposed faith in one family for 60 years, you won’t regret if you give the BJP and Narendra Modi a chance,” BJP chief Amit Shah concludes his speech.

1.33pm: Rahul Gandhi’s eye-glasses are made in Italy, cannot see India’s development, says Amit Shah.

1.31pm: Amit Shah targets Rahul Gandhi, says BJP has given the country a PM who speaks.

1.26pm: Not BJP but people of Gujarat will give the report card of the state’s development , says Amit Shah.

1.24pm: There are two models in the country -- one is of Nehru-Gandhi model and another is of Gujarat model.

1.23pm: BJP chief asks Rahul Gandhi as to why there is no TB hospital in Amethi.

1.22pm: Rahul Gandhi has never visited Amethi collector’s office even after being elected as the MP from here.

1.21pm: Rahul Gandhi whose party has ruled the country for 60 years is asking for 3-year Modi government’s report card, says Amit Shah.

1.20pm: Shah says Smriti Irani comes to Amethi even after losing the Lok Sabha constituency but sitting MP Rahul Gandhi doesn’t.

1.16pm: BJP chief Amit Shah begins speech in Amethi, urges people to strengthen the BJP in the constituency.

1.12pm: Will give jobs to 4 lakh people in Uttar Pradesh, says Adityanath.

1.11pm: My government has provided houses to more than 8 lakh families, says Adityanath

1.10pm: Italy, not Amethi, was in Rahul Gandhi’s agenda. Smriti Irani has made the Congress leader come here, says the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

1.07pm: There have been attempts to divert land to Rajiv Gandhi foundation in the name of cycle scheme, we will not let it happen, says the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

1.06pm: “What has the Congress done for Amethi? I have given jobs to the poor, houses to the homeless. I wonder where was the money going then,” says Adityanath.

1pm: Adityanath hails Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, says Nobel-winning economist Richard Thaler was among the first to welcome Modi’s decision.

12.59pm: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath says the government will leave no stone unturned to develop Amethi.

12.52pm: Lotus will bloom in Amthi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, says Irani

12.50pm: What Congress couldn’t do in 60 years for Amethi, the BJP government could do it in 6 months, says Smriti Irani.

12.48pm: Rahul Gandhi who doesn’t know the difference between relay transmission and FM station is talking of development, says Irani.

12.46pm: Rahul Gandhi is talking of development in Gujarat, but would like to ask him about his works Amethi.

12.45pm: Smriti Irani says people of Pipri village told me the Amethi MP has no time to meet them.

12.43pm: Union minister Irani lashes out at Rahul Gandhi, says people skipped voting in the Lok Sabha election because there was no development.

12.41pm: Smriti Irani says she is fortunate to have contested from Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

12.38pm: Union minister Smriti Irani, who contested the last Lok Sabha election from Amethi constituency, addresses people.

12.10pm: BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath have reached the rally.