Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to contest an election from Gujarat “if he has the courage”.
Irani, who is among the star campaigners of the BJP for the upcoming local body polls in Gujarat, was addressing election rallies in Vansda and Chikhli of Navsari district.Referring to a purported statement made by Rahul recently in Assam, Irani alleged that the former has stated that he would take out money from every tea trader from Gujarat. “Recently, someone who was an MP from Amethi (referring to Rahul), went to Assam, and said that if a small-time Gujarati trader buys tea leaves from Assam, then he will take out money from their pocket. Earlier, he was having problem with chaiwala and now with chai.
I want to tell him that if you have the courage, fight an election from Gujarat, and everything will be clear (dum hein to kabhi Gujarat se chunav ladke dikhao, chai ka chai aur pani ka pani ho jayega),” she said.During an election rally in Assam, Rahul, while speaking about hiking the daily wage of tea garden workers in the state, had said,“Tea garden workers get Rs 167, and businessmen from Gujarat get entire tea gardens.” Attacking the Opposition Congress, the Union Minister said, “Those who ruled India for 60 years, they have not made a single toilet for the poor families.