Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani who will be contesting against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi appealed to the voters on Sunday to give farewell to their neither-seen-nor-heard, "missing MP".
While addressing an election meeting in Dharai under Amethi assembly segment, Irani urged the voters to bid adieu to their MP, saying give "bidai" (farewell) to the "namdar" and send a "kamal" (lotus- BJP poll symbol) to New Delhi from Amethi this time.
Referring to development, she said that despite Gandhi consistently "abusing" the PM and calling him a "chor" (thief), the PM never discriminated against the development of Amethi.
"Modiji understands the problems of women and that is why he has got built two lakh toilets here and given more than one lakh gas connections while during the Congress government, people used to take bribe even for providing gas coupons," she said.
She then sought to sweeten her appeal with a promise to Amethi voters on behalf of the PM to get sugar at Rs 13 a kg if BJP comes to power again in the future.
Lashing out at the Congress Leader, Irani said, "The missing MP comes here once in five years when the nomination papers have to be filed. Had it not been mandatory to personally file the papers, he would not have come here (at all)."
Accusing Gandhi of not using his MPLAD fund on development of Amethi in the last 15 years she said, "I am sure the leader who is neither seen here nor heard in the Parliament will surely be given a farewell this time."
Talking about BJP growth in Amethi since she first fought the Lok Sabha poll from there against Gandhi in 2014, she claimed that on her political visit there was not a single BJP MLA, but there were four now.
Amethi will vote on May 6th in the fifth phase of elections.