From Tulsi of ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ to a strong leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Smriti Irani has proved her spirit in every way possible. In a political career of 17 years, Irani has managed to defeat the 3 time Amethi constituency winner and Congress President Rahul Gandhi by 30,000 plus votes.
Amethi, one of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, witnessed an intense political battle this afternoon. Amethi had become one of the most closely watched constituencies in this election. The BJP and Congress had previously launched an intense campaign on the seat even before the poll dates were even announced.
Congress Loses its faithful constituency
A home for Congress for a decade, the constituency has remained faithful to the party since 2004. But this time the people in Amethi have shown their swing in the mood, as Amethi chose Smriti over Rahul.
Who says Sky cannot have hollow… Tweets Smriti Irani.
कौन कहता है आसमां में सुराख नहीं हो सकता …
— Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 23, 2019
It is the biggest shocker from UP. BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani beats Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Congress has been winning on the seat since 2004. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi of Indian National Congress won in this seat by defeating the BJP candidate Smitha Irani by a margin of 1,07,903 votes which was 12.34% of the total votes polled in the constituency.
The twist and the turn
On a dramatic turn of event, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, before the result was even announced, accepted the defeat from his rival candidate Smriti Irani.
Acknowledging the outcome, Rahul sent a special message for Smriti Irani. He said, “I Congratulate Smriti Irani for her victory and request her to take care of Amethi with love.”
Rahul was trailing from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh against BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani. However, Rahul Gandhi won from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency, but Amethi became a prestige battle for the Gandhi family which has held the bastion for decades in addition to Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency.
Amithi being home to 1,431,787 voters, the constituency witnessed a 53 percent turnout this electoral season, slightly more than the 2014 parliamentary elections when 52.38 percent votes were polled. Termed as one of the safest seats for the Gandhi family, Amethi has sent Rahul Gandhi thrice to Parliament in the last 15 years. The Congress president has been a favorite among the local population who found themselves emotionally connected to the Gandhi-Nehru family.
Let us see what Twitter users have to say
Finally the people of #Amethi have put an end to dynasty politics, अमेठी के लोगों के साथ #AbHogaNyay. Big congratulations @smritiirani ji on this remarkable verdict, you stood like a Durga despite all their attempts to malign you. We are all so proud of you. #VijayiBharat
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 23, 2019
Wow @smritiirani what an outstanding performance by you.
Today u gave us the lesson that if u have wills u can fly the sky.
You r hugely appreciated for ur hardwork in #Amethi
मैं तो आज आपका जबरा फैन हो गया। ✌️✌️✌️ pic.twitter.com/CBPOycyium
— 🚩cнσωкι∂αя ṼḭṼḕḲ🚩 (@strtvivek) May 23, 2019
— Rachit Shah (@Rachitkshah) May 23, 2019
I m Emotional for this woman. I have seen her fighting in #Amethi from 2014. Arrogant people were like "who is she?" Opposition was like Amethi is our jagir, she can't win in 2014 Modi wave how can she win now? But she kept fighting and won.😢@smritiirani#ElectionResults2019 pic.twitter.com/0olpWavmec
— Rushank Soni (@sonirushank12) May 23, 2019
— Chowkidar Ankit Totla (@caankittotla) May 23, 2019
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) May 23, 2019
— C (@chitra_rajpoot) May 23, 2019
— Abhishek Sharma (@abhishek_mcfc) May 23, 2019
— Ayush Khanna (@imAyushKhanna) May 23, 2019
— Harish (@hash2eets) May 23, 2019
After Seeing #Amethi Fight between Smriti Irani and RaGa 🥂
Modi be like * pic.twitter.com/Ieb2cjSwz2
— Amit Singh Rathore (@Ra_thor_amit) May 23, 2019
— Aditya Kumar (@aditya_kumar19) May 23, 2019
Congrats #SmritiIrani Ji and #BJP for your victory in Amethi. People of Amethi has given a mandate to you, for a better future and a hope that development will reach to one of the poorest districts of Utter Pradesh.
— Anurag Singh (@AnuragS09550155) May 23, 2019