Amethi: Union minister of textile Smriti Irani and Congress president Rahul Gandhi — sworn enemies since 2014 election — will come face to face in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on Friday, after five years.

The leaders, who were competing from the Amethi constituency in 2014, will be in the state at the same. However, they will not share the platform at any point in time.

While Gandhi has been preparing for his campaign in Amethi ahead of 2019 elections, Irani is also expected to preside over some programmes in the town. The last time they were seen together there was during an election campaign in 2014.

Gandhi, who is there for two days, on Friday will attend a public meeting and on Saturday will meet party workers and local leaders in Munshiganj guest house to discuss election strategy.

Meanwhile, Irani, who will be there only for a day, will take part in a blanket distribution program and lay the foundation stone of a residential school.

This is Gandhi’s first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency after the Congress’s victory in Assembly Election 2018 in three states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Congress chief is trying to captivate his voter with his new pro-Hindu policies. Recently, he has distributed a huge amount of money to renovate the mandirs and other religious places in Amethi.

Meanwhile, Irani has been working continuously in Amethi for five years. She has been actively meeting people and providing the benefits of the Central government schemes. She has also started many skill development centres there.