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Rae Bareli is not a seat of any family, but that of people: Amit Shah slams Priyanka Gandhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was addressing a rally in Unchahar assembly segment of Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. During the rally, rebel Samajwadi Party MLA from Unchahar, Manoj Kumar Pandey joined the BJP.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai Raebareli Published on: May 17, 2024 18:36 IST
Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Image Source : PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah attacked Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at an election rally on Friday for calling Rae Bareli and Amethi the "family seats", and said these are not the seats of any family but that of the people.

Shah was addressing a public meeting in Daulatpur of Rae Bareli’s  Unchahar assembly constituency. "She (Priyanka Gandhi) says that Rae Bareli and Amethi are the seats of my family. I say that this seat does not belong to any family. This is the seat of poor youths of both the districts. Whoever the people of Rae Bareli and Amethi want will go to the Parliament. This is democracy, family has no seat," he said.

He went on and said that there was no collector office in the parliamentary constituency which they call the family seat for 70 years, Shah said, adding that the Yogi Adityanath government along with Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of the collector office in 2018. "I take a guarantee that if Dinesh Pratap is not seen in your good or bad times, it is my responsibility," he added.

Shah attacked Congress over its Ram temple stance

Shah also made a scathing attack at the Congress for turning down invitations for Ram Mandir's 'Pran Pratishtha' in Ayodhya, and warned that if the Congress came to power, they would put the "Babri lock" in the temple again. "Congress says that Ram temple has not been consecrated properly. If the INDI alliance comes, they will put the 'Babri lock' on Ram temple again", he said.

'I.N.D.I.A bloc is a family-based alliance', says Amit Shah

Taking a dig at I.N.D.I.A bloc, Shah called it a family-based alliance. "Lalu (Prasad Yadav) wants to make his son the chief minister, Mamata (Banerjee) wants her nephew to be the chief minister and Sonia Gandhi wants to make her son the prime minister," Shah said.

With Smriti Irani winning in Amethi and Dinesh Pratap Singh in Rae Bareli, both the seats are going to go to the BJP, Shah said. Amit Shah also attacked the Congress party over Article 370. "The Congress party was sitting on Article 370. (Prime Minister) Modi ended it. Congress says that we will bring back Article 370. Modi ji has ended terrorism from the country," he said. "On one hand, there is Narendra Modi, who is not accused of (scam of) four annas despite being the chief minister and prime minister for 23 years," Shah added.

(With PTI Inputs)

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