Minister Smriti Irani toured Rae Bareli, India Lok Sabha seat of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on Wednesday to bolster the BJP's increasing lobbying power in traditionally Congress strongholds.
Smriti, who took charge as chair of Rae Bareli's Local Developmental Coordinator and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) from Sonia Gandhi in July, visited Munro hamlet and spent significant duration with native female learners while addressing a public gathering to mark the inauguration of numerous government projects.
In 2019 the Lok Sabha Polls, beat then-Congress President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi – just the third time the Party had lost from this seat. Ever since, the Bharatiya Janata party has indeed been consolidating its grip on the region, most recently winning the first-ever elections for Zila panchayat chairpersons.
Dinesh Singh, a longtime Sonia devotee, ran against her in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli for the Bharatiya Janata Party. Dinesh Singh failed the poll, but he later played a role in the Congress' loss in the campaign for gramme panchayat chairmen.
Munro hamlet is located in the Salon region, which runs between Amethi and Rae Bareli. It is the portion of the Amethi Lok Sabha, which is located in Rae Bareli district, and where she claims the BJP has honoured its commitments to the locals. Smriti Irani, selling herself and the Party as someone who keeps their promises, said she had made commitments to the citizens here and now she could claim she has kept those promises.
Smriti even made a subtle dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi. She stated that the region is one and that it has two members of Parliament. When asked if your Representative is spotted in this area, the crowd falls silent. Which settlement has a good road created next to their home, and the residents are peaceful? Inhabitants of Salon, alternatively, may boast that their didi can provide a comprehensive breakdown of improvement activities and is constantly active in people's happy and tough moments.
Smriti's tour has been considered as an effort by the Bharatiya Janata party to publicly show the governing party's involvement in this Congress stronghold, which was also attended by Congress national secretary Priyanka Gandhi lately.
According to Irshad Ilmi, a political veteran, the BJP has tightened its hold on Amethi and is now focusing on Rae Bareli. However, before the 2024 LS elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party also want to put its rising influence to the test in Rae Bareli, where it won two seats, one more than the Congress, in 2017 UP elections. Since then, both Congress members have defected, and the BJP is aiming to expand its political footprint. The Bharatiya Janata party officials stated that after winning six of the ten assembly seats in Amethi and Rae Bareli in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections, they are targeting a complete sweep.
Vijay Bahadur Pathak, who is the vice president of the Uttar Pradesh BJP, stated that while they will undoubtedly dominate the area, they are not concentrating on any specific area in specific. Individuals are engaging with them all around the world as a result of the Narendra Modi and Yogi administrations' pro-poor initiatives.
The results of the 2022 UP elections are scheduled to be declared by the end of December or early January, and Smriti Irani has increased her participation in the area at the request of the governing party, touring Rae Bareli on various pretexts.