Why Rahul silent on tax raids at house of Kamal Nath aide: Smriti

AMETHI: On a day when she filed her nomination for Lok Sabha from Amethi, Union minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani on Thursday fired a fresh salvo here on her arch political opponent and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, questioning his silence over money allegedly recovered from MP CM Kamal Nath’s close aide’s residence and making subtle attack over family-driven politics.

“Rahul Gandhi has become a question for his own party. He would not identify the person who stays on Tughlaq Road and whose money was kept in the MP CM’s aide’s residence,” she said, while speaking to reporters, on her way to filing her nomination papers.

Irani was joined by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath for a 45-minute road show where he said that Amethi would become NDA’s 74th seat breaching last Lok Sabha election tally of 73 seats.

Irani categorically reiterated Modi’s charge at the Congress government in MP accusing it of pilfering funds meant for pregnant women and child welfare to fill the coffers of the party fund. Irani’s attack came two days after IT raids unearthed a tranche of cash and several unaccounted transactions amounting to around Rs 280 crores from residence of Kamalnath’s aides during nationwide searches.

She also launched a veiled attack on Congress dynasty politics saying that while the grand old party was confined to the family, BJP followed the principal of “nation first, followed by party and individuals later”. Replying to a question of appearance of Rahul Gandhi’s brother in law Robert Vadra in Amethi, Irani, though not naming anyone from the Gandhi family, said that while her nomination included workers who faced atrocities under the previous governments and those who worked hard to strengthen the party, Congress always followed dynastic politics.