Triggering political curiosity, Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday called on Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital in Meerut, where he is admitted.
Mr. Azad was admitted to Anand hospital in Meerut on Tuesday after he took ill soon after police detained him for allegedly violating the model code of conduct during a bike-rally in Deoband in Saharanpur.
Targetting the BJP government over Mr. Azad’s detention, Ms. Vadra said, “This government has become so arrogant that it wants to crush the youth. They don't want to listen to the voice of the youth.”
Talking to reporters after her meeting with the Dalit youth leader, Ms. Vadra said, “They could not deliver jobs. So when [youth are] are expressing their voice, let them. Why do you want to crush them?”
Ms. Vadra dismissed political signals behind her visit. No political talks were held, she said, while evading questions if the Dalit youth leader from Saharanpur would find a place in the Congress. “You want to politicise it, you do it. I won't,” she said.
Mr. Azad told a news outlet that the Congress leader extended support to him in his fight against the Modi government and also inquired about his health.
“You are fighting against the government. She said you are not alone. We are all with you,”Mr. Azad said from his hospital bed.
Asked if his meeting with Ms. Vadra would mean the party offering support to his outfit, he said, "I don't need the support of any political party. I was born in the bahujan samaj and I want bahujan samaj to rule.’’
To a direct question, if he would support the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Azad gave an evasive reply, saying he would go to Varanasi and challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi by contesting against him. “My target is to not let him win easily” said Mr. Azad.