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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.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 06, 2019 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Smriti Irani,Rahul Gandhi,Amethi
Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani are tied in a direct contest in Amethi with the SP-BSP alliance not fielding any candidate.(ANI)

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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ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
BetulJyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
JhunjhunuSantosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
NagaurC R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
FaizabadLallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
HooghlyDr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 06, 2019 11:06 IST

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