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Priyanka Gandhi's dig at PM Narendra Modi: UP doesn't need adopted sons, it has its own

17 February, 2017 11:58 AM
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Priyanka Gandhi's dig at PM Narendra Modi: UP doesn't need adopted sons, it has its own

This was Priyanka's first appearance at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh where Congress has allied with the ruling Samajwadi Party for Assembly election.

Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi finally hit the campaign trail for Uttar Pradesh Assembly election addressing a rally at mother Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli today along with brother Rahul.

Addressing the rally first, Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, farmers' death and other issues. But it was Priyanka who launched a blistering attack on PM Modi and labelled him an outsider.

"Modi said UP has adopted him as a son. Does UP need to adopt anyone from outside for its development? UP doesn't need an adopted son to do good for the state. Rahul Gandhi and Akhileshji are two sons of UP," Priyanka said.

"Every youth of the state can become a leader and work for its development. Vote for the one who wants to work for you, not the one who makes false promises," she added.

Interestingly, Priyanka was seen on the dias with Rahul a day after Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani targetted her, saying she will have to face questions from Amethi residents if she came visiting for campaigning.

"If she (Priyanka Gandhi) comes to campaign here, she has to answer the people's questions," Irani said when asked about Priyanka's reluntance to join election campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

Irani unsuccessfully contested the Amethi seat against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Many campaign programmes of Priyanka had been made and cancelled in the past owing to the seat-sharing row between the two partner parties in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi-Raebareli.

Sources said Priyanka said yes to campaigning only when the Samajwadi Party agreed to withdraw five of its candidates from the fray.

She was one of the main negotiators with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav when the alliance talks were on the brink of collapse.

While her name has been repeatedly appearing in the star campaigner list of the party, she is likely to restrict herself to Amethi-Raeareli only.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally on February 20. She has so far kept herself away from campaigning as she is reportedly not in "the best of health".


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