Smriti Irani tweets after defeating Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

ARINDAM DEY / AFP

Union minister Smriti Irani has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the Indian general election, defeating Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in his home turf Amethi.

In a tweet, Irani, who defeated Gandhi by more than 52,000 votes, said nothing is impossible.

Rahul, who has consistently won the Amethi seat since 2004, conceded defeat during a brief press meet late Thursday.

"I want Smriti Irani ji to keep people's faith and take care of Amethi with love," he told reporters.

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