Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched her first ever political rally after an official appointment with a scorching attack on the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party government in an attempt to incite the public debate ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in PM Modi bastion Gujarat.
She accused that the ruling party is practising politics of hatred and divided people on communal line. Targeting the PM in his own state Gandhi said that the BJP is playing with emotions of people for political gains.
This election, she told a gathering at the anniversary of the Dandi March in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, is in no way less than the struggle for Independence.
“This struggle is in no way less than the struggle for freedom… freedom from hatred”
“There is no bigger patriotism than being an aware citizen, your awareness is a weapon, your vote is a weapon. It is a weapon that will not hurt or harm anyone. It is a weapon that will strengthen you,” said the Congress leader, who recently joined active politics as general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh East. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were also present at the event.
Earlier in the day, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) was held to commemorate the 89th anniversary of Dandi March or ‘Salt Satyagraha’ and to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. This was the first meeting of CWC in Gujarat since 1961. The meeting was attended by top leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress in Gandhinagar, Gujarat: This country is made on the foundations of love, harmony & brotherhood. Today whatever is happening in the country is very sad. You have to think very hard what you are about to choose. You should not vote on unimportant issues.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress in Gandhinagar, Gujarat: This country is made on the foundations of love, harmony & brotherhood. Today whatever is happening in the country is very sad. pic.twitter.com/ylBwJro0h9
— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi, Congress general secretary, in-charge of UP East will launch a poll campaign in UP from March 14. Priyanka, who was appointed the general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East on January 23, has held a series of meetings with party workers but had so far not addressed any public gathering. Till now, her public presence was limited to the roadshow she held along with Rahul Gandhi on February 11 in Lucknow.
Fight of Ideologies: Congres President Rahul Gandhi
On the implementation of Minimum Income Guarantee, he remarked, “We have decided in 2019, we will do something historic. If they can give all the money to rich, we can give money to the poor. I want to assure everyone, we will form the government in 2019 and will implement the minimum income guarantee.
Taking a dig at Modi government’s bold step like demonetisation and GST, Rahul Gandhi accused BJP of dividing India into the powerful and the poor.
BJP is dividing the country into 2 parts. One for the ‘suit-boot’, where they get all the benefits. And the other for our farmers, labourers, youth who get Demonetisation and #GabbarSinghTax: Congress President @RahulGandhi#GandhiMarchesOn pic.twitter.com/5dABC1J07p
— Congress (@INCIndia) March 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel will also join the Congress in the presence on Rahul Gandhi. He is likely to contest from Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat.