'I've Come Here to Fight Congress, Not Its B Team' - The New Indian Express

'I've Come Here to Fight Congress, Not Its B Team'

Published: 25th April 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 25th April 2014 01:36 AM

BJP leader and candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani, talks to The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla about Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi’s apathy towards the people of Amethi and the camaraderie between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh on Sachchi Baat on News X.

Are you a candidate in Amethi or are you here to just register your presence?

Why do you feel that I am a light candidate? I am a strong candidate. 

Someone said before taking the meals, “Look the bait has arrived”.

The person who is attacking me has nothing to talk about on the issue of development.

How can the Central government do development in Amethi. That’s the state government’s job.

I have been stressing the point that when they need support from the Samajwadi Party to form the government at the Centre, they get along well quickly and easily. The  camaraderie between Akhilesh and Rahul is so great that they do not even send a candidate to Amethi to fight against Rahul. The camaraderie is all about the bliss of power and ruling. Why can’t the same camaraderie be used for the public’s welfare?

But you attack Rahul more than the Samajwadi Party government when it comes to the issue of development.

I am making an attack on the camaraderie they share.

Why should people vote for you? You stay in Mumbai. You are an MP from Gujarat and you are asking for votes in Amethi.

Where does Sonia Gandhi go?

Her family has been fighting here for 52 years.

True. But they are contesting not with the feeling to serve. They are contesting to rule. The candidate whom the BJP has sent to Amethi is a person born in the country. She has roots on India’s soil. I am not making a personal attack. You are attacking me and I am replying to it.

Why does the BJP always find Smriti Irani to fight against Kapil Sibal or Rahul? You had lost then.

I am very happy. You said the BJP chooses Smriti Irani for the biggest challenges. It means that she has the strength.

Will you benefit from Varun Gandhi’s presence?

I have the advantage of the party symbol. I have the advantage of the issue of development. I have the advantage of Narendra Modiji’s leadership and his candidature for the PM post. I have the advantage of Rajnath Singhji being the (BJP) president. I have the advantage of support from Sushma Swarajji. I have the advantage of Arun Jaitleyji’s guidance. I can read out the entire list for you.

I haven’t seen any posters of you around. There are small houses here. Have you put your picture on the posters or is there Modiji’s picture on the posters?

I have put the picture of the party leadership. You have tried to trap me seven times.

Are the pictures smaller than Modi’s or bigger?

My stature is much smaller than him.

In all the elections, I have seen the picture of Atalji is always smaller than the candidate’s.

A picture doesn’t decide Atalji’s stature. And it’s every worker’s wish that Narendra Modi’s photograph becomes the largest. Why do you have a problem?

We are talking about the posters. You can’t pull it off without Narendra Modiji’s photo.

I use the pictures of Narendrabhai, Rajnath Singhji. They are my posters. What is your problem?

I am talking about his picture. It is smaller than Modiji’s. Is it smaller or not?

Don’t try shooting barbs. For Modiji, Atal ji is like a father.

I am aware of that. I know how many times he has been to Atalji’s house in the last six months. I don’t want to get into that.

How many times have I gone there under the glare of cameras? How do you know who goes where and how many times? You are not IB. When a journalist doesn’t know facts, he makes them up.

People think that you are from Mumbai. You are an MP from Narendrabhai’s constituency. All of them have decided that you contest from Amethi. If you lose, won’t it be Modiji’s defeat?

Modiji is winning. People and children in every nook and corner in Amethi feel so. Our slogan in Amethi is “Amethi hai taiyaar. Abki baar Modi Sarkar.”

BJP is over. It’s about Modi Sarkar.

He is from the BJP. Rajnath Singhji has already said that Modiji is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP. He is a CM from the BJP. He is a worker of the BJP. Why does Prabhu Chawla get stomachaches when he talks about Modi sarkar?

Who is your rival Kumar Vishwas or Rahul?

I have come here to fight the Congress. Not its B team.

Like it’s Modi and not the BJP on your side. There it’s Rahul.

No we have Rajnathji, Modiji and the BJP. We are fighting together.

Rajnathji had said that the BJP is Modi and Modi is the BJP.

He is the party president. His word is final. No? Abki Baar Modi Sarkar

My stomachache is fine now. Agli baar Smriti Irani in Tulsi’s role.

No way.  

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