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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Smriti Irani questions Congress’s love for nation

A major fire destroyed around 100 acres of wheat crop in Amethi district Sunday, following which a 55-year-old farmer died of shock, officials said.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 09:50 IST
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Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani, who was campaigning in the area, stopped a meeting and rushed to Gobardhanpur village in the district.(HT Photo)

It was a matter of happiness that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is counting the number of days I have visited Amethi, said union minister Smriti Irani here on Sunday.

“Probably she is counting mine because she is unable to tell the public where the missing MP was for 15 years. I request her to provide that information too,” Smriti said. She also questioned the Congress’ method of showing love for the nation.

“Yasin Malik is charged with the murder of Air Force officials. Yet the statement given by PC Chacko yesterday supporting him should be condemned either by Priyanka or Rahul Gandhi. I want to ask Priyanka Vadra are these your ways of showing nationalism,” she said.

Congress spokesperson PC Chacko on Saturday told reporters in New Delhi that “If Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused, can contest election, and the way Delhi is asking him (Yasin Malik) at gunpoint to surrender, anyone with self-respect will react the way Yasin Malik did.”

CROP GUTTED, SHOCK KILLS FARMER

A major fire destroyed around 100 acres of wheat crop in Amethi district Sunday, following which a 55-year-old farmer died of shock, officials said.

Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani, who was campaigning in the area, stopped a meeting and rushed to Gobardhanpur village in the district.

In a video which surfaced online, she was seen using a hand-pump briefly as villagers fetched water and tried to douse the blaze, before fire tenders reached the spot. Congress MLC Dipak Singh also visited the village to enquire about the incident.

According to Amethi tehsildar Pallavi Singh, “Around 100 acre of wheat crop turned into ash. Ram Kishor Yadav (55) died due to trauma as a significant quantity of his crops were also gutted”. Earlier in the day, a fire destroyed standing crops in around six villages in Etawah district.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 09:50 IST