Smriti Irani accuses Priyanka Gandhi of insulting Lal Bahadur Shastri

New Delhi: Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday accused Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of insulting Lal Bahadur Shastri after a video appeared online showing Priyanka garlanding a statue of the former Prime Minister with a used garland.

Smriti took a jibe at Priyanka on Twitter by sharing the video in which Priyanka can be seen garlanding a statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri with a garland that she was felicitated with.

BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh also criticised Priyanka while claimed that the Congress party never honoured Shastri.

Soon after Priyanka garlanded Shastri’s statue, BJP workers were seen “purifying” it with ‘Gangajal’ (water from the holy river Ganga).

BJP workers alleged that garlanding of the statue by Priyanka was an “insult” to the former Prime Minister since her husband Robert Vadra and the Congress party are involved in corruption.

Priyanka was on a three-day long ‘Ganga Yatra’ from Prayagraj to Varanasi. The tour, titled ‘Sanchi Baat Priyanka ke Saath’, saw Priyanka interacting with people during her 140 kilometre-long travel on a steamer boat to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

The Lok Sabha elections will begin from April 11 and will go on till May 19 in seven phases. Polling in Uttar Pradesh for the 80 Lok Sabha seats at stake will be held in all phases, and counting of votes will take place on May 23.