The recent report card for Member of Parliament Smriti Irani, representing Amethi Lok Sabha, unveils positive sentiments and satisfaction among the public. The comprehensive assessment covered various aspects such as parliamentary performance, ground-level impact, social media presence, and insights from an extensive India News survey.
The political landscape of Amethi Lok Sabha is widely recognised as a significant stronghold, with discussions about every endeavour resonating throughout the nation. Often referred to as Raipur-Amethi, this constituency holds historical significance as the political bastion of the Gandhi family.
Over the years, stalwarts like Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi have graced this seat as Members of Parliament. Nevertheless, the dynamics of politics in this region have undergone a profound transformation. The winds of change have swept across Amethi, reshaping its political contours, and marking a departure from the historical narrative.
Presently, the esteemed Member of Parliament representing this constituency is the prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Smriti Irani. Commencing her political journey in 2003, Smriti Irani became a member of the BJP. Despite contesting Lok Sabha elections from Chandni Chowk, she encountered a setback as she was defeated by the Congress candidate Kapil Sibal.
During the general elections of 2014, Smriti contested fiercely against Rahul Gandhi for the Amethi parliamentary seat. Despite putting up a robust challenge, she faced defeat in that election. Undeterred by the setback, the actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani refused to accept defeat.
In 2019, she once again contested against Rahul Gandhi, emerging victorious and securing the position of Member of Parliament from Amethi. At present, she holds the portfolios of Minister of Textiles and Minister of Women and Child Development in the Modi cabinet. Before this, she had also served as the Minister of Human Resource Development.
Owing to her active engagement in the progress of her parliamentary constituency, Smriti Irani enjoys popularity among the residents. The Amethi Lok Sabha seat was established in 1967, and since its inception, it has witnessed 16 general elections. Initially, Congress dominated this seat, but the BJP has now established a strong presence. Out of these 16 elections, Congress emerged victorious 13 times, BJP twice, and Janata Party once.
Despite being a parliamentary constituency associated with the Gandhi family, the development of this Lok Sabha seat seemed incomplete in the past. However, in recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in development, both in urban and rural areas. Amethi comprises a total of 5 legislative assembly seats, and it is home to approximately 1.9 million voters.
Even though development is now a significant issue in Amethi, during elections, caste often becomes a crucial factor. In recent years, the pace of development in Amethi Lok Sabha has accelerated. However, the fundamental infrastructure is still quite weak. There is a need to focus on addressing the issues of farmers. The upcoming 2024 general elections are crucial for Amethi, and the voters are likely to critically evaluate the work of their Member of Parliament, Smriti Irani.
In an evaluation of parliamentary performance, key metrics such as presence in Parliament, questions posed, MP fund utilization, and special contributions are instrumental. Smriti Irani Patel’s attendance in Parliament stands at approximately 55%, with her posing nearly 50% of the questions and utilizing around 78% of the MP funds. Moreover, her special contributions to parliamentary activities are notable at about 65%. This collectively results in a score of 1, equivalent to 62%, denoting commendable performance.
The responses garnered from the constituents of the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency to our six questions have been candid and impartial. A majority expresses satisfaction with the MP’s commendable efforts focused on regional development. While acknowledging the positive aspects of the MP’s work, constituents desire heightened active involvement.
The expectations from the MP are high. Regarding voting preferences, a substantial majority favours the NDA, with a positive perception of the Modi government’s initiatives. Reflecting the development in the constituency, the people of Amethi assign a score of 7, equivalent to 5.11, indicating excellent performance for MP Smriti Irani Patel.
In India News’ survey, identical questions on the MP’s performance were posed to the people of Amethi, mirroring our ground survey. The results from India News’ survey, where MP Smriti Irani is rated 1 with 0.85, are also noteworthy, signifying an excellent rating and an 85% approval on social media.
Considering both ground-level interaction and the social media survey, MP Smriti Irani Patel consistently attains favourable scores in terms of parliamentary performance.
In conclusion, the recent report card for Member of Parliament Smriti Irani, representing Amethi Lok Sabha, reflects a positive sentiment and satisfaction among the public. This comprehensive evaluation considered various facets, including parliamentary performance, ground-level impact, social media presence, and insights from an extensive India News survey.
In our ground survey, she secures a commendable 7.48 out of 10, signifying excellence. Consequently, the constituents of the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency express their satisfaction by bestowing a PASSING remark on MP Smriti Irani’s report card.