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Updated: February 3, 2012 14:13 IST

Priyanka hits campaign trail in U.P.

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Priyanka Gandhi
The Hindu
Priyanka Gandhi

Hitting the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, Congress’ star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked the electorate to realise the strength of their vote and exercise their franchise for a change in the state where politics over the last 22 years has become totally “religion and caste-based”.

“Election is the time when leaders come for electioneering of all kinds...I also come in your midst but who has the wisdom to recognise the reality of their candidates and the political take this into account when you go out to vote”, Ms. Priyanka said at a public meeting in Balbhadrapur area of her brother Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency here.

“Times have come when the people are not getting their rights in their areas .. politics has become bad and become opportunistic and moves ahead only because of division of your vote”, she said adding people and not leaders should be standing on the dais.

She said that in the past 22 years it has been caste and religion-based politics in U.P. which has been dominating at the cost of development.

Taking a stand similar to her brother, Ms. Priyanka said that people from here go out of the state to Maharashtra and Kerala to work as they are developed and now it is time to bring a change here.


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