Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of booth capturing and forcing voters to cast their votes for the Congress during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Amethi constituency.
Smriti Irani tweeted a video of Gujartola booth in Gauriganj that showed a lady who claimed being forced by the Congress supporter and said that the officials forced her finger on the Congress button.
Making the allegations she said that Rahul Gandhi says that Chowkidaar Chor hai, however, he himself is involving in such malicious acts and stealing votes. She said that the former will have to answer for such acts and the administration shall look into the matter.
She also added, “I tweeted an alert to administration and Election Commission (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), and I hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of stealing politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not.”
Congress denied all allegations made by the Union Minister and said that BJP has sensed its loss and thus is playing these allegation games. He said that if Congress is indulging in Booth Capturing where is the Election Commission. It should be the first one to catch Congress of any wrongdoings as it has been the bigger supporter of the BJP.
Amethi is witnessing the Lok Sabha elections in the fifth phase today. Union Minister Smriti Irani is Fielded against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the constituency is one witnessing among the most interesting contest between the two national parties. The mahagathbandhan (BSP–SP–RLD) has left two seats Rae Bareilly and Amethi for Congress in Uttar Pradesh to break down BJP and votes remain undivided.
Rahul Gandhi is also contesting the elections from Wayanad constituency in Kerala. There have been speculations over his contest from two constituencies but Election Commission said that the constitution provides such provision.
The country is witnessing the elections for 17th Lok Sabha. Four phases of elections have already completed starting from April 11. The fifth phase of elections is in process today. The remaining two phases will be held on May 12, and May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.