Union Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dared Rahul Gandhi to send her to jail, a day after the Congress served a legal notice on her over her land grab allegations against the Rajiv Gandhi Trust, and vowed to speak for the people of Amethi.
Irani, who lost to Rahul in his home turf in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said “some persons get disturbed” by her visits here and asserted that she would not be cowed down by any legal notices.
“Some persons get disturbed with my Amethi visits,” said the HRD Minister, in an apparent reference to the Congress Vice President.
“If Congress or Rahul Gandhi consider the women of this country ‘abla’ (weak), they should forget it. I am not the one to get afraid with this and will continue to raise Amethi’s voice.
“If Rahul or Congress have the courage then let them put me behind the bars. I will not remain silent. My relationship with Amethi is not that of elections,” the BJP leader said addressing a gathering after distributing saplings at Shivdulari Mahila Mahavidyalaya at Gungvaj village here.
The Uttar Pradesh unit of Congress served the legal notice to her in Delhi for alleging that the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust had grabbed land of farmers in Amethi, terming it as “false and malicious”.
Asking the Union Minister to cease and desist from making any such imputations against the party, Congress said it will have “no option” but to pursue appropriate legal remedies, both civil and criminal, if she failed to do so.