BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani, on Monday shared a video on Twitter and accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of “booth capturing” in his home constituency of Amethi during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Smriti Irani said, “I tweeted an alert to administration and EC (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not.”
Dismissing Irani’s allegation, the Congress said that the BJP candidate was staring at a defeat and so ‘looking for excuses’.
Congress spokesperson Zeeshan Haider said that, “It now is more than clear that she has lost. Now, she is looking for excuses. If Rahul Gandhi ji is capturing booths, and capturing votes, then what is the election commission doing that has been working in a biased manner in favour of Modi and Amit Shah.”
In the video, the woman claimed the presiding officer of the particular booth forcibly grabbed her hand and put in on the Congress’s Hand symbol. The woman said she wanted to vote for the BJP (Lotus symbol) but was not allowed.
Later taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, BJP candidate Smriti Irani said that, “She did not know my name 5 years back, now she keeps taking my name, such an accomplishment. Nowadays she takes her husband’s name less and my name more.”
The Congress president has retained the seat of Amethi ever since his mother Sonia Gandhi vacated it for him in 1999.