Prior to filing her Lok Sabha nomination from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Union Leader of Textile and BJP Leader Smriti Irani along with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath conducted a mega roadshow in Amethi. She had also performed a 'pooja' along with her husband Zubin Irani in Amethi on Thursday.
Irani will lock horns with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting from his traditional bastion Uttar Pradesh's Amethi in the Lok Sabha elections. He has already filed his Amethi nomination on Wednesday. Apart from Amethi, Gandhi will also be contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, where Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's LDF is the major contender.
On Tuesday, Smriti Irani had hit out at Rahul Gandhi saying that he lacked vision and his 'absenteeism' in Amethi had led to no development.
"Despite having a vision, there is a question mark on his efficiency as the nation knows the condition of Amethi. On one hand, there is an efficient government which has taken a resolution to build a 'New India', on the other, there is a man who stays restricted to making announcements. When it comes to the reality of his own constituency, people get to know that despite being an MP for so long he has not been able to develop it," she said to reporters.
Currently, the first phase of Lok Sabha polls is underway in 20 states and Union territories with 1285 candidates contesting 91 seats on April 11, Thursday.
Polling is being held in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), Meghalaya (2) and Arunachal Pradesh (2) besides lone seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep.
Eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, six in Bihar, five in Assam, four in Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh are also going to polls.
Amethi will be going to polls in the fifth phase of elections on May 6. The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, with the counting of votes scheduled for May 23. The results of the Lok Sabha polls will also be declared on May 23.