Priyanka Gandhi flays PM, calls him ‘Shahanshah’

Priyanka Gandhi said several BJP leaders have said on record that their government will change the Constitution if it returns to power

Updated - May 05, 2024 08:04 am IST

Published - May 04, 2024 05:13 pm IST - Ahmedabad

Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Wadra addressing an Election rally at Lakhani, Banaskantha on May 4, 2024.

Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Wadra addressing an Election rally at Lakhani, Banaskantha on May 4, 2024. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘Shahanshah’ who lives in palaces, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on May 4 asked the Prime Minister why he did not contest the polls from Gujarat. 

Addressing an election rally in Gujarat’s Banaskantha where the PM also held a rally on May 1, Ms. Gandhi slammed the PM for “resorting to lies like if you have two buffaloes, the Congress will take away one if voted to power.” 

“Earlier it was limited to lies, now he talks gibberish that Congress will steal one of your two buffaloes. Congress had been in power for 55 years, did it ever steal your buffalo and jewellery using an X-ray machine,” she asked the crowd responding to PM’s comment during his campaign speech in the district. 

Ms. Gandhi attacked the Prime Minister over his statement that Pakistan wanted to make Rahul Gandhi the next PM of India and use X-ray machines to steal ‘mangalsutra’ and gold belonging to the public when voted to power.

“The election is in India, and Pakistan is being talked about... Such low-level utterances by the country’s Prime Minister? You elected a Prime Minister to keep the country’s respect intact, one whom the entire country could see talking sense, because this has been our tradition. But here, he talks nonsense,” she added. 

She came to canvas for the party’s candidate Geniben Thakor, a two-time Congress legislator who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls in a deeply caste driven seat in North Gujarat. 

She urged the people of the State to vote against the BJP and PM Modi. “Why he is not contesting from Gujarat? He used the people of the State to gain power in Delhi and now not even contesting from here,” she said. 

She asked why the ruling party and the Prime Minister were not asking the people to vote based on their performance in the governance and instead raising the issues of Pakistan and trying to create polarisation along the communal lines. 

According to her, the Prime Minister and the BJP have failed in controlling price rise, providing employment and creating opportunities for the youth and therefore they now have to talk about non issues in the campaign. 

Quoting media reports, she asked why the police and the ruling party pressurised over a dozen candidates to withdraw from the contest in Gandhinagar where the Union Home Minister Amit Shah is seeking a re-election as a BJP candidate.

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