On Friday, Irani tweeted that it was a new dawn for Amethi.
This is the second time that the Union Minister contested from Amethi, which had been a Gandhi family bastion for four decades.
In 2014, Irani had put up a credible fight, reducing Rahul Gandhi’s margin of victory from 3.70 lakh votes in 2009 to 1.07 lakh votes. His vote share was reduced to 46.71% from 66% in 2004, which was the first time that the Congress President had contested from Amethi. The BJP’s vote share shot up to 34.48%.
Under the Modi government, Irani headed the HRD Ministry and then the Textiles Ministry.
Irani, who mounted a vigorous campaign in 2019, had accused Rahul Gandhi of not spending enough time in Amethi. She recently called him a “missing MP” and a “missing candidate.”
On 6 May, the day that Amethi voted, Irani accused Congress workers of booth capturing. The Election Commission dismissed her allegation.
Over the course of her tenure, Irani has been dogged by a controversy over her educational qualifications. In this election, a local Congress leader in Amethi lodged a complaint with the EC accusing Irani of submitting wrong information about her educational qualifications in her affidavit.