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Priyanka Gandhi will decide where to campaign in UP, not Smriti Irani: Cong

Priyanka Gandhi will decide where to campaign in UP, not Smriti Irani: Cong

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi (left) and Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: With Smriti Irani attacking Priyanka Gandhi over her not campaigning in Amethi so far, the Congress on Friday lashed out at the Union Textile Minister asking her to stay out of the grand old party’s campaign plans as it was none of her business.

Earlier, in a taunt clearly directed at the Congress top brass, Irani said that Priyanka Gandhi is not campaigning in Amethi as she is afraid of the questions that people might ask her.

Speaking to ANI here, Congress leader P.C. Chacko raked up Irani’s education qualification row, saying that if not answering queries was an issue, then the Union Minister had a lot to answer for herself.

“When Irani was the HRD minister, there were so many queries about her wherever she went. There is a case pending about her educational qualification in the court. She herself gave a direction to the concerned department that her education details should not be given to the RTI. If she does not want to answer these queries then she shouldn’t be in politics at all,” he said, adding that it was none of Irani’s business where Priyanka decided to campaign.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asserted that the Union Textile Minister is entitled to question the Opposition if they are not present in their home constituency.

“Amethi has some serious questions which want to be addressed to the MP or his immediately family and obviously there seems to be no answers or no campaigning. This can raise a huge question in the days to come when it comes to a mandate, which the people of Amethi have been giving to a particular party,” BJP leader Shaina NC told ANI here.

Irani had earlier asserted that Priyanka is not campaigning due to unfulfilled promises of her party in their constituencies and she is afraid of answering to the people of the constituencies.