Modi on peo­ple’s radar: Priyanka

NO CLOUD COVER In first Pun­jab rally, Gandhi scion guns for PM for mak­ing tall prom­ises on jobs, farmer wel­fare

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Election20­19 - HT Cor­re­spon­dents n let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tues­day mocked Naren­dra Modi for sug­gest­ing that cloud cover helped the In­dian Air Force evade Pak­istani radars dur­ing the Balakot air strike, say­ing the truth about the Prime Min­is­ter is now on the “peo­ple’s radar”.

Ad­dress­ing her first rally in Pun­jab in tra­di­tional sal­war-kameez, Priyanka ac­cused Modi of in­dulging only in pro­pa­ganda and mak­ing tall prom­ises, while pro­ject­ing that no de­vel­op­ment took place in 70 years. “The truth about Modi has now come on peo­ple’s radar,” she said.

Cam­paign­ing for party can­di­date Am­rinder Singh Raja War­ring, the Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary said the des­e­cra­tion of scrip­tures dur­ing the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) rule in 2015 hap­pened for po­lit­i­cal gain.

Priyanka charged the Badal gov­ern­ment with pa­tro­n­is­ing land mafia and the trans­port in­dus­try.

“We all know who is be­hind the il­le­gal trade of chitta or syn­thetic drugs in Pun­jab. (Congress pres­i­dent) Rahul Gandhi was the first leader to raise his voice against the drug trade in the state as he has a deep con­cern for young lives,” the Congress leader said.

She said more than 12,000 farm­ers had com­mit­ted sui­cide in five years and the Modi gov­ern­ment had failed to ad­dress the agrar­ian cri­sis. The BJP’s prom­ise to dou­ble farm­ers’ in­come and de­posit Rs 15 lakh amounted to cheat­ing the masses, she said.

“Con­trary to the prom­ise of job cre­ation, 50 lakh lost their jobs dur­ing the BJP rule. 24 lakh gov­ern­ment jobs are va­cant and no ef­fort has been made to fill them,” she said.

‘APKO NETA CHAHIYE YA ABHINETA?’

At a rally in Pathankot, Priyanka Gandhi asked the peo­ple if they wanted a `neta’ (leader) or an `abhineta’ (ac­tor), in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to BJP nom­i­nee and ac­tor Sunny Deol.

Flanked by Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Amarinder Singh, state min­is­ter and star cam­paigner Navjot Singh Sidhu, in­charge of party state unit Asha Ku­mari and Congress MLA from Pathankot Amit Vij, Priyanka led a road­show in the town in sup­port of party nom­i­nee from Gur­daspur seat Su­nil Jakhar, who is also state Congress pres­i­dent.

The road­show started at Sha­heed Bha­gat Singh Chowk and cul­mi­nated at Balmiki Chowk, where she and Sidhu ad­dressed a gath­er­ing. The 2.5 kilo­me­tre road­show took over two hours.

Terming Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi as big­gest `abhineta’ (ac­tor), Priyanka said, “Modi spent the last five years cam­paign­ing with lies and false­hood, and did not even spare the mar­tyrs or ex-ser­vice­men. He does not talk about In­dia or its peo­ple or farm­ers and fo­cuses on Pak­istan. He spent the last five years only cam­paign­ing.”

Priyanka also took pot­shots at Modi’s foreign trips, say­ing, “He has no time for sol­diers, farm­ers or the poor of the coun­try as he goes around trav­el­ling the world and hug­ging word lead­ers.”

We all know who is be­hind il­le­gal trade of syn­thetic drugs in Pun­jab. Rahul Gandhi was the first leader to raise his voice against the is­sue. PRIYANKA GANDHI, Cong leader

SAMEER SEHGAL/HT

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Pun­jab CM Amarinder Singh (R), state lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu (L) and party’s Gur­daspur can­di­date Su­nil Jakhar (2L) dur­ing a road­show in Pathankot on Tues­day.

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