The Gandhis Wanted To Keep Amethi Poor For Votes: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani, in an exclusive freewheeling interview with CNN-News18 in her Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi on December 25, speaks about the transformation of the area since she became the MP, launches a scathing attack on the Gandhi family for its “vote bank politics” and “being missing in action,” and discusses the development work done by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with Yogi Adityanath-led state government. Excerpts that have been edited:

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Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani

What’s new with Amethi?

We came to this constituency, and when I say “we,” I’m referring to the people of Amethi, who desired change. And I first met you seven years ago on development concerns, and now that you’re here on Good Governance Day, there’s a lot we can talk about. When I first arrived, the collector’s office was closed, the chief medical officer’s office was closed, and the chief education officer’s office was closed. We lacked essential hospital amenities such as a trauma centre, a referral hospital for women and children, a modern fire station, a bypass that had been promised for three decades, and a medical college that had been promised for four decades. As a result, everything that exists now in Amethi.

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