Don’t worship politicians, says Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  

Bhojpur (Rae Bareli): Campaigning for her mother Sonia, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday advised people not to deify politicians and vote strictly on the issue of development.

“Don’t look at any politician as God. Never ever become a worshipper (to any politician). Politics will improve only when you will understand that politicians are your servant,” Gandhi said.

Her remark came after a woman at her election meeting shouted from the crowd, “Soniaji is God to us”. Priyanka reciprocated instantly saying, “You are God, we are devouts and servants. People should never become devout of any politician,” she said.

Priyanka was at her interactive best asking people a number of questions directly on why they should vote for Sonia Gandhi. Earlier, she directly held talks with the masses instead of addressing them from the podium at Simrapaha, Udawamau, Behatakala and Lalganj under Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency.

She told people it was their responsibility to make the politician realise that they want development. Exhorting people of the constituency to set an example for the rest of the country, Priyanka said, “The entire country looks at Rai Bareli and Amethi. The way you brought about change by continuing to vote for development will show the path to the entire country.”

She also touched upon the earlier controversy between the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Centre over the issue of Rail Coach Factory at Lalganj which falls in Sareni Assembly segment of the Rae Bareli parliamentary seat where she addressed all the meetings on Thursday.

“Rail factory will give employment to at least 10,000 people. You remember how much Soniaji struggled when the State Government was not giving land...during the controversy she (Sonia) had said she would even go to jail for it. Only then the factory started,” she said.

Claiming that a number of development works were carried out during the tenure of Sonia Gandhi as their MP, she said, “Soniaji has sent me here on her behalf. I am her daughter. I know her. Give five years more to Soniaji.”

“I have come to assure you that Soniaji will never disappoint you. She will work till her last breath for the development of the region,” she said.

Addressing another meeting in Usaru village, Priyanka also invoked the name of her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. “Indiraji was your MP. You have seen her labour. This is also a reason why you voted for Soniaji,” the Congress star campaigner said, adding that when her mother visits the ‘karmabhoomi’ of Indira Gandhi there is abundance of love in her heart for the people.

Priyanka said that she need not campaign for Sonia whose work in the constituency speaks for itself. Warning people against “parties trying to divide societies on caste and communal lines”, she asked them not to fall into the trap of Opposition parties which, she said, were making only false promises. --PTI

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