Delivering her first election speech, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra chose to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over employment, women safety and the Rs 15 lakh poll-promise of 2014 parliamentary elections.
Expressing sadness over the state of affairs in the country, Priyanka, who was addressing her first rally in Gandhinagar, the home state of Narendra Modi, since assuming charge as Congress general secretary, asked the crowd to raise the correct questions in the elections and not frivolous issues.
Also sharing her stage were her brother Congress president Rahul Gandhi, her mother Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh among other key leaders.
Without directly using Prime Minister Modi’s name, she took a veiled dig at him, provoking people to ask what happened to the promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh into every citizen’s bank account and pledges about women’s safety.
“The people who made tall claims in 2014, ask them about the Rs 15 lakh that was to be deposited into your account. Ask them about the promises they made about women security and about employment,” said Priyanka, who has been given charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), said.
She said the main issues on which the elections would be fought are women security, employment, and agrarian crisis. “Issues which should be raised must comprise as to what is most important for you and how can you move forward. How will the youth get jobs, how will women feel safe, what will be done for farmers. These are the issues for elections,” she said.
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.