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Minister Smriti Irani to visit Amethi today, BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday

Amethi, which has traditionally been a Congress bastion, had witnessed a high-pitched electoral battle in the 2014 Lok Sabha election between Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2017 09:53 IST
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Union minister Smriti Irani and BJP chief Amit Shah will visit Amethi.
Union minister Smriti Irani and BJP chief Amit Shah will visit Amethi.(PTI)

BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani are set to visit Amethi, considered a Congress bastion, just after a visit by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Textiles and information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to arrive on Monday, while Shah will visit on October 10, said a statement issued by the district administration.

A number of schemes and projects are likely to be announced and their foundation stones laid at a function on Tuesday to be attended by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Beneficiaries of various schemes will be handed over certificates, the statement said.

Irani is also likely to attend the launch of an FM station at Gauriganj and an initiative to save the Gomti river near Pipri village, it said.

The minister will also attend the inauguration of a tuberculosis unit at the district hospital and a primary health centre at Odari Tiloi.

On October 9, Irani will visit Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) in Jagdishpur, it said.

Amethi, which has traditionally been a Congress bastion, had witnessed a high-pitched electoral battle in the 2014 Lok Sabha election between Gandhi and Irani.

Though Irani lost to the Congress leader, she reduced his victory margin from around 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.

In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly election, the BJP won six of the 10 assembly seats falling under the parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Four of them were in Amethi.

Party sources said the upcoming visit of the senior BJP leaders was aimed at sending a clear message that the current regime believed in all-round development of the state and was not meting out any “step-motherly treatment” to the areas where the BJP had failed to make a mark.

The Congress vice president during his visit on October 5 accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district.

He asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the unemployment problem and farmers’ issues, and dared him to allow the Congress to resolve the problems in six months. “If Modiji cannot address these, he should say so and Congress will come and do his work in six months,” he said.