Lok Sabha elections 2019: Smriti Irani alleges booth capturing in Amethi, Congress says she’s ‘looking for excuses’

Smriti Irani, the BJP’s Amethi candidate, also took a swipe at Congress general secretary and Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandi Vadra.
Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani are tied in a direct contest in Amethi with the SP-BSP alliance not fielding any candidate.(ANI)
Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani are tied in a direct contest in Amethi with the SP-BSP alliance not fielding any candidate.(ANI)
Updated on May 09, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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The BJP’s Amethi Lok Sabha candidate Smriti Irani alleged booth capturing in her constituency while taking a dig at her Congress opponent Rahul Gandhi as 51 seats across seven states voted in phase 5 on Monday. The Congress said she was ‘looking for excuses’.

“I tweeted an alert to administration and EC (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not,” the union minister said.

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Dismissing Irani’s allegation, the Congress said that the BJP candidate was staring at a defeat and so ‘looking for excuses’. “It now is more than clear that she has lost. Now, she is looking for excuses. If Rahul Gandhi ji is capturing booths, and capturing votes, then what is the election commission doing that has been working in a biased manner in favour of Modi and Amit Shah,” Congress spokesperson Zeeshan Haider said.

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Irani earlier tweeted a video of a woman at Gujartola booth in Gauriganj alleging that she was forced to press the button with the hand symbol (of the Congress).

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The BJP’s Amethi candidate also took a swipe at Congress general secretary and Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandi Vadra. “She did not know my name 5 years back, now she keeps taking my name, such an accomplishment. Nowadays she takes her husband’s name less and my name more,” the BJP’s Amethi candidate said, according to news agency ANI.

Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani are in tied a direct contest with the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party alliance not fielding any candidates here. Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad seat, which went to polls on April 23.

Amethi, the Gandhi family stronghold witnessed one of the most high-profile contests in 2014 when Gandhi defeated Irani by more than one lakh votes. The Congress president has retained the seat ever since his mother Sonia Gandhi vacated it for him in 1999.

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Constituency Sitting MP
Bihar
Sitamarhi Ram Kumar Sharma, RLSP
Madhubani Chaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
Muzaffarpur Ajay Nishad, BJP
Saran Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
Hajipur Ramvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang, BJP
Anantnag Seat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
Tikamgarh Virendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
Damoh Prahalad Singh Patel, BJP
Khajuraho Nagendra Singh, BJP
Satna Ganesh Singh
Rewa Janardan Mishra, BJP
Hoshangabad Uday Pratap Singh
Betul  Jyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
Ganganagar Nihalchand Meghwal, BJP
Bikaner Arun Ram Meghwal, BJP
Churu Rahul Kaswan, BJP
Jhunjhunu  Santosh Ahlawat, BJP
Sikar Sumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur Rural Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
Jaipur Ramcharan Bohara, BJP
Alwar Chand Nath, BJP
Bharatpur Bahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-Dholpur Manoj Rajoria, BJP
Dausa Harish Chandra Meena, BJP
Nagaur  C R Choudhary, BJP
Constituency Sitting MP
Jharkhand
Kodarma Ravindra Kumar Ray, BJP
Ranchi Ram Tahal Choudhary, BJP
Khunti Kariya Munda, BJP
Hazaribagh Jayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
Dharuhera Rekha Verma, BJP
Sitapur Rajesh Verma, BJP
Mohanlalganj Kaushal Kishore, BJP
Lucknow Rajnath Singh, BJP
Rae Bareli Sonia Gandhi, Congress
Amethi Rahul Gandhi, Congress
Banda Bhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
Fatehpur Niranjan Jyoti, BJP
Kaushambi Vinod Sonkar, BJP
Barabanki Priyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
Faizabad  Lallu Singh, BJP
Bahraich Savitri Bai Phule, BJP
Kaiserganj Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
Gonda Kirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
Bangaon Mamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
Barrackpur Dinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
Howrah Prasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Uluberia Sajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
Sreerampur Kalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Hooghly  Dr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
Arambag Aparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress
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