The Amethi Lok Sabha seat, which has always been the stronghold of Gandhi family, literally wrote a new history in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Having won this seat continuously from 2004 to 2019, Rahul Gandhi felt the heat when he lost the election from Amethi this time. Earlier this seat was held by his mother, father and uncle but in 2019 elections he lost this seat to BJP candidate Smriti Irani. This defeat of Rahul Gandhi surprised the election pundits and all the analysts. Questions arose about the existence of Gandhi family in Amethi.
In book 'Amethi Sangram', author Anant Vijay has analysed many aspects on how the election defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and victory of BJP candidate Smriti Irani was already noted. This book explores the political history of Amethi and the factors of Smriti Irani's victory. It is also revealed in the book that when BJP was preparing strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, how did Amethi become its priority? What was the reason that Smriti Irani was brought down against Rahul Gandhi.
Regarding Amethi, Vijay has further written that it's true identity has been forgotten in the last few decades. A land that was full of Maharishi Chyavan's tapasthali, the abode of Mother Kalikan Devi and the heroic stories of King Sodha Dev, as well as the faith, faith and labor of the local residents, took the reverse path after independence. He writes that "Amethi was a VVIP field to say, but was the situation really like this?" Did it get that special status? This cover of Amethi's identity opened up when Smriti Irani arrived here as the candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The book consists of Smriti Irani's struggle journey from 2014 to 2019. Under the pretext of understanding the factors of his victory, the working style of Indian political parties and leaders, the vision of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP's strategy, the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the myth of the strength of the Gandhi family and the interest of the regional parties are analyzed. Apart from this, the book also opens up Smriti Irani's strategic, practical and political style with subtlety.
Anant Vijay in line to the book notes, "The most shocking result of the last Lok Sabha election results came from Amethi. Congress president's defeat. The result aroused the curiosity to know about this decision of Amethi. What I saw, heard, understood in many visits to Amethi is as shocking as the election result. ”
Anant Vijay is a senior journalist with over two decades of experience. Currently, he is working as Associate Editor in Danik Jagran. He has authored more than 10 books. Here we are discussing his new book "Amethi Sangram" based on the election of one of the most talked seats in 2014 & 2019 LS elections, 'Amethi'. Watch this interesting discussion on his book, which is an asset for those who have an interest in Indian politics-