A day ahead of the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah to Amethi, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani arrived in the Gandhi bastion on Monday evening.

Soon after her arrival at Chowdhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow, she drove in a cavalcade to Amethi, from where she had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

She made a stopover at Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, where she interacted with party workers and visited the residence of local BJP legislator Dal Bahadur Kori.

She later told party workers that this time they would have to work even harder to ensure that the BJP won all the booths contested.

She later chided her representative Vijay Gupta for such a long cavalcade and presence of heavy police force and asked what was the need for all this as she was among the people.

She then drove to Parshedpur-Chatoh-Naseerabad-Jayas before going to Amethi. She is scheduled to visit the house of a local BJP leader Rajesh Agrahari to meet his ailing mother, after which she will attend a mourning event at the house of Ghanshaym Pandey, a local leader at Bhetua block.