Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended heartfelt wishes to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on the occasion of her birthday on Saturday. Taking to Twitter PM Modi not only extended birthday greetings, but also conveyed best wishes for her ensuing Lok Sabha elections in Amethi.
Saying that Smriti Irani has made valuable contributions towards strengthening the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Prime Minister extended prays for her long life and good health.
Responding to PM Modi's best wishes for her Amethi contest, the Union Textiles Minister simply wrote, "Amethi is ready", expressing confidence over her win the Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP on Thursday released its first list of 184 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections that are scheduled to be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. The crucial constituency in the BJP's list was Uttar Pradesh's Amethi for which Union Minister Smriti Irani has been named. It is evident that the seat is all set to turn into a high-pitch political battleground owing to the contest between Smriti Irani and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The bastion of Congress for decades, Amethi constituency has been contested by the Gandhi family since 1980- with Sanjay Gandhi first, then former PM Rajiv Gandhi, followed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and now the Prime Minister aspirant, Rahul Gandhi.
However, BJP leader Smriti Irani has been visiting Amethi on several occasion n a bid to boost the developmental process in the constituency, which she accuses the Congress president did not pay much attention to over the past years.
Uttar Pradesh will go into polls in all seven phases, the result of which will be announced on May 23.