As the trends of Lok Sabha elections poured in, all eyes were set onto Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, a traditional Congress bastion, where BJP had fielded Union Textile minister Smriti Irani against Congress president Rahul Gandhi once again after their thrilling contest in 2014. This time around it turned out to be a different story, as in a result that will go down in Indian elections folklore, Irani defeated Rahul Gandhi, with the latter conceding even before the actual counting of votes concluded. When it did conclude, it revealed that the BJP candidate had won by 55,120 votes - a massive margin given the nature of the contest.
Smriti Irani spoke to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in her first interview after registering her historic win, and in the interview she was asked for her views on the many naysayers who had opined that she would never accomplish a feat such as defeating a Nehru-Gandhi scion in the family's bastion, in particular, Navjot Singh Sidhu who had called the minister a 'crybaby' and challenged that he would quit politics if Rahul Gandhi loses the Amethi seat in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Responding to that, the Union Minister cited how Sidhu, a former BJP MP, was well-known to her and raised what is oft-said about the Congress party with respect to paying obeisance to the 'first family', said, "Yes, that was a personal slight by somebody that I had known for a very long time. Probably the person felt that this is the best way to fit into a political outfit and maybe he needed to prove to the Gandhi family that he will be loyal just to get brownie points. But, the thing is he's not the first person''.
At the time that the interview was broadcast #SidhuQuitPolitics was a top national trend.
In reference to the many personal attacks that have been made against her including the long-standing controversy over her educational background, she was asked if she was a forgiving person or not, to which she replied saying that she never 'forgets'.
"I don't forget, I never forget and that is why on Instagram I have put out this post which says 'The North Remembers'," she said.
Her 'The North Remembers' reference alluded to iconic and recently-concluded HBO show Game of Thrones and is a metaphor for revenge.
After the resounding victory, Smriti Irani shared a silhouette picture of a dire wolf on the backdrop of the moon with a quote 'The North Remembers'.
Remarking at her own reference, she spoke about how she's among those grown-ups who have watched the hit show even their kids have not.
Previously, Rahul Gandhi had been a three-time MP from the constituency and the Congress party had always won in Amethi except for two times - during the 1977 elections when Janata Party's Ravindra Pratap Singh won and during 1999 elections when BJP's Dr. Sanjay Sinh won
At the national level, BJP, whose campaign was spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won 288 seats and is leading on 15 as per the latest details updated on the website of the Election Commission.