Prayagraj, March 18: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre accusing it of “hoodwinking” people and undermining all existing institutions in the country.
Priyanka Gandhi said that the present government was being run by four or five people who think that they could do anything they want. “A few people are taking all the decisions and they think they can hoodwink the people. They think the public doesn’t know anything,” she said while addressing a public gathering at Sirsa in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh was making the comments during her three-day Ganga Yatra, which she began after offering prayers at a temple and the Sangam in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. She said nobody owns India as she appealed people to ‘jago aur desh ko bachao’ or wake up and save the country.
Priyanka Gandhi quoted a farmer to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main bhi Chowkidaar’ campaign. “ A farmer told me that only the rich have watchmen, farmer are their own watchmen,” she said.
Priyanka said that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh exempted farmers’ loans as promised within ten days of coming to power and did not believe in ‘jumlas’ and urged locals to vote for a party which would listen to them.
Earlier, she targeted Modi and his government’s policies, which she said have failed to address the concerns of the youth and farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing youngsters and farmers at the Dumduma ghat in the trans-Yamuna area of Prayagraj during her Ganga Yatra, Priyanka Gandhi said they have failed to get any benefit from the present government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The government is just focussing on industrialists and the chowkidar has become a part of them,” she said.
Priyanka also said that the government was no longer ready to listen to the pain and problems of the farmers.
“During the last 45 years, the past five years have witnessed minimum employment and the workers have failed to even get their dues during the past six months. The condition of MNREGA is pathetic. The government has turned deaf to the sufferings of the people and anyone who dares to raise their voice is being threatened,” she said.
Priyanka Gandhi’s Ganga Yatra, a part of her second visit to the state after being appointed the party’s general secretary, comes less than a month before the Lok Sabha election 2019.
A large number of Congress workers, including women, had been waiting for her since early morning singing bhajans and patriotic songs. They also shouted slogans like ‘Priyanka nahi yeh andhi hain, Doosri Indira Gandhi hain’ (She is not just Priyanka but a storm, she is the second Indira Gandhi) and ‘UP mein badlav ki andhi, Priyanka Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi’ (Storm of change in UP, Priyanka Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi’).
Before her arrival, senior Congress leaders including chief of Congress’ state unit Raj Babbar, national spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh and the ‘Ganga Yatra’ coordinator and party MLA from Rampur Khas Aradhana Mishra were also present. (Courtesy: HT)