In Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, the roads are not measured by length, but by the depth of the holes in them, Smriti Irani, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, joked in a speech on April 29. The crowd, gathered in sweltering 41 degree Celsius heat, laughed and cheered her on.
Irani is challenging Rahul Gandhi, in a district where loyalty to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty runs deep and a member of the family has been elected for decades. Local disenchantment with the dynasty is clear this election, especially over the lack of industry and employment as well as the poor conditions of roads.
From the campaign ground, Irani headed to attend a local wedding, a popular local political custom to generate good will among the voters. Then she headed to another rally. Quartz accompanied her during the drive to the next location, to discuss how she feels about challenging the Gandhis and why she thinks she would make a good politician…read it at Quartz