Rahul ensuring booth capture, says Smriti

Baraulia, the village from which the deceased hailed was in the news during the general election campaign after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused Smriti Irani of distributing shoes to the village residents in order to insult Rahul Gandhi. PTI photo

Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Amethi candidate Smriti Irani on Monday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi is ‘ensuring booth capturing’ in the constituency.

Smriti Iranai nad Rahul Gandhi are contesting against each other in the seat. “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” Irani said on Twitter.

She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol. There is no written complaint on the matter. Amethi is one of the 51 constituencies in seven states that is voting in the fifth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections.

Smrithi Irani tweeted that she had alerted the Election Commission of India (ECI). It was for the people to decide if this kind of politics should be punished.