Lucknow, Feb. 24 -- Seeking to cement her ties with Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani arrived in her Lok Sabha constituency on Monday to buy land for her residence there, only the third local MP to have done so.

She purchased 11 biswa land for Rs 12.11 lakh from a local resident Phoolmati Devi to honour the promise she made in the Tiloi area of Amethi soon after defeating the then Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

She also announced that people from each village of Amethi and Rae Bareli would be called for the bhoomi pujan (groundbreaking ceremony), the date of which is not decided yet.

Soon after the registry of her land, a couple of kilometres away from main Gauriganj town, she fired veiled salvos on th...