In an all-out offencive against Rahul Gandhi ahead of polls in Amethi, BJP on Monday released a video on under-development in his constituency and a “charge sheet” on his performance as an MP, accusing him of not raising a single issue of the area he represents for a decade.
“By the standard of performance of an average Lok Sabha MP, his record, to say the least, is abysmal,” BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said in Delhi, as party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi stormed Amethi, asking its people to “vote for change”.
“What is more interesting is in last 10 years, Rahul Gandhi has not raised a single issue in Lok Sabha relating to Amethi. He asked zero questions on Amethi in Parliament in last 10 years. This shows his abject failure and utter disregard to solve the problems of the people of Amethi,” BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said.
He said in the last five years, Mr. Gandhi’s attendance in Lok Sabha has been 42.99 per cent compared to the average of 76 per cent of an Indian MP and he participated in two debates in Parliament compared to an average of 38 for an MP, while his record in asking questions on Amethi is zero compared to an average of 300 for an MP.
“In 37 years that this family has represented Amethi, neither has the basic amenities in Amethi changed or improved, nor has the life of people of that constituency improved. He has not even been an average member of Lok Sabha in the ten years that he represented that constituency. The question is why should the people of Amethi vote for Rahul Gandhi in this election,” he said.
The video of “lack of development” in Amethi, a Gandhi-Nehru family bastion, shows it in shambles without proper infrastructure and broken roads.
According to the ‘charge sheet’ released by BJP, about 60 per cent of the houses in Amethi do not have electricity and 80 per cent of the houses lack a proper toilet, while 44 per cent of schools in Amethi do not have proper toilet facilities for girls.
“This makes us think what has Congress candidate from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi, done for his constituency,” he said.
“We are absolutely confident that our candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani is going to win by a thumping majority and if there was anything which was needed to add to the strength of the campaign was being done today by Modi addressing a massive rally today,” Mr. Sinha said.