Smriti Irani’s supporter shot dead in Amethi
May 27, 2019
Smriti Irani made history in the 2019 general elections by winning the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency and defeating Rahul Gandhi.
Surendra Singh, a local BJP member who had helped Smriti in her campaign, was shot dead just two days after Smriti won the constituency. Surendra was shot by unknown assailants on Saturday night at his residence and died on the way to the government hospital.
Surendra was a close aide to Smriti and had very actively taken part in her election campaign in the area. He was a former head of the Amethi village and had given up his post to be part of the campaigning activities.
Police have started the investigation and few suspects have been arrested. Smriti Irani travelled to Amethi and met the family of Surendra Singh. She also helped carry the mortal remains of Surendra on his last journey and attended the funeral.
Smriti Irani has said that murderer will be found even if he is hiding in hell. She added that she will knock on the Supreme Court's door to get the culprits a death sentence.
Amethi in Uttar Pradesh's has been a stronghold of Congress and the Gandhi family for decades and losing it to BJP came as a huge setback to the party.
Family members of Surendra Singh allege that Congress party members in Amethi are behind the killing as they were upset about Smriti Irani's victory in elections. Social media users lauded Smriti for being a part of Surendra Singh's last journey.
Geetika Swamiâ€ @SwamiGeetika tweeted,This is what Rahul Gandhi could not do! Smriti Irani first won the hearts of people there before winning Amethi. Om Shanti
Devikaâ€ @Dayweekaa tweeted,Replying to @ANI This sends a powerful message. Heartfelt condolences to family of BJP worker Surendra Singh. Please ensure he gets speedy justice. Om Shanti.