A day after the massive victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister Smriti Irani spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in her first and exclusive interview after defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his bastion Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.
In her initial remarks, Smriti Irani took down the Lutyens Delhi over their claim that there was no Modi wave, saying that on May 23, people have reclaimed democracy from Lutyens' Delhi. She further said that she congratulated Prime Minister Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and her colleagues on their tremendous victory in the elections.
"In 2014 they tried to say that it wasn't a Modi wave but people's disillusioned with Congress. I believe that yesterday, the people of India have reclaimed our democracy from Lutyens' Delhi. Yesterday, I intentionally stayed away from the noise, the ruckus, the nail-biting finishes. I was overjoyed that I was in touch with many colleagues who won yesterday. I pipped them by calling my chief a before only and I said that on the 23rd you will be flooded with congratulatory calls and I know that it will very difficult to get to the switchboard. I had the privilege to say thank you to him and congratulate him and I had thanked my Prime Minister way back. I think that those who were connected to the ground knew that there was a huge search towards the Prime Minister. I think people for long have voted for political figures and political parties and for the first time I think people voted for themselves and their future and we could see it on the ground," Irani said.
Later, speaking about the Lutyens' Delhi, the BJP leader said that they could not come to terms with the fact that PM Modi who said that he has no experience of Delhi swept the country in five years in office.
"It was high in Delhi because Modi has never mollycoddled the so-called Delhi special Lutyens zone, and Lutyens Zone has been an entitled segment of the Indian polity for years and for the life of them possibly, they could not come to terms that this guy who comes in 2014, says unabashedly that I don't have much experience about Delhi and then spends five years only in the governance by doing his job," she added.
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