SMRITI IRANI(BJP) WILL CONTEST AGAINST RAHUL IN AMETHI
Kyunki sas bhee kabhee bahu thee fame , politician Smriti Irani will take on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi along with AAP leader kumar vishwas. Now this is going to be a high profile fight between an actor , a poet and a politician ,,on the ground of politics
Irani will spice up the contest with Vishwas camping in Amethi in a bid to challenge the Congress leader who has won elections from Amethi in 2004 and 2009 and continues to be the favorite.
But BJP has not found a high profile candidate to contest against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and has settled for Ajay Agarwal, a Supreme Court advocate who has filed PILs on cases like Bofors and Telgi scams. BJP was considering pitching Uma Bharti against Sonia but the saffron leader made it clear that she did not want to leave Jhansi, where she is already contesting, and refused to budge even when she was given the option of contesting both seats.
The decision to pit Irani, a Rajya Sabha MP seen to be close to Narendra Modi, comes after BJP decided that it should try and raise the ante against Rahul and Sonia in their boroughs that have been Gandhi bastions. The move is also based on an assessment that the going may be tougher than usual for Congress’s top duo with BJP staging a comeback in Uttar Pradesh on the back of perceived support for Modi.
There is a view that given Congress’s desperate wooing of leaders like Sanjay Singh, who had threatened to switch to BJP, the party’s prospects in the two seats may not be all that robust. Singh’s wife Amita has been given a Lok Sabha ticket. Even during the previous assembly poll, Priyanka Gandhi had camped several days in the area to try and ensure a positive result.