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UP Assembly polls: Priyanka Gandhi braces for next move by Akhilesh, all set to campaign

Sources in the meeting held by Priyanka Gandhi confirmed that she is open to the proposal of campaigning in last three days of the election. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh, India Feb 17, 2017, 07.44 PM (IST) Kartikeya Sharma

Priyanka Gandhi finally broke her silence in her usual style on Friday in Rae Bareli. She directly took on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In her short speech all barbs were reserved for the Prime Minister. She said, "Uttar Pradesh anyways has two sons in Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi, it doesn’t need to adopt a third for development.” 

She further focused on the insider and outsider theme of the alliance by saying that Prime Minister is an outsider and said that Uttar Pradesh has enough talent for new leadership to emerge and doesn’t need an outsider, referring to the Prime Minister.

She also attacked Prime Minister on the issue of demonetisation. She said that demonetisation has actually brought misery rather than improving the situation of the poor. 

She linked demonetisation with the larger constituency of women as it created problems for them by wiping away their savings and making them all stand in long queues.  Speaking at Maharajganj, Priyanka Gandhi said, “PM always speaks to women in categories of sister, mother or daughter. Not as a person. It is not correct.”

Earlier in the day, she chose to meet Ajay Pal Singh, Aditi Singh and other Congress candidates in privacy on the logistics of elections. Sources close to Priyanka Gandhi confirmed to WION that Priyanka is upset with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for breaking his word on campaigning in Gandhi’s home turf and especially on seats which are witnessing friendly fights. 

The fact is that despite an assurance, Akhilesh campaigned in Sereni constituency for the SP candidate who is pitted against Congress. Now the word is that Akhilesh may also campaign in Unchahaar from where Congress party’s candidate Ajay Pal is contesting.

Sources in the meeting held by Priyanka Gandhi confirmed that she is open to the proposal of campaigning in last three days of the election. 

The local Congress unit is also keeping an eye on Akhilesh Yadav’s tentative programme on February 20 in Unchahar segment. In case the Chief Minister confirms the programme, it will create political elbow room for the Congress to go out for an all out aggressive campaign. As of now Priyanka doesn’t want to rock the boat. When asked in the close interaction at Bhu mein mau rest house about the recent development she said “Let’s wait and watch”.


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