Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday met the family of Amit Kumar who was among the 40 CRPF troopers killed by a suicide bomber in Kashmir and pledged to stand by the family.
Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Gandhis paid their homage to the 22-year-old Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Constable at a prayer meeting in Shamli.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi referred to the assassination of their own father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 while expressing their grief and vowed to stand with the bereaved family.
“We have experienced grief and know how are feeling. Not just us but the entire nation is with you. Don’t feel you are alone. We are with you and we will take care of you,” said Priyanka Gandhi after garlanding a picture of the slain trooper.
Added Rahul Gandhi: “I have lost my father and I can understand how you must be feeling. While it is a sad day, your son’s sacrifice is equally a matter of pride not just for you and us but for the entire nation..
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 19 appointed six AICC secretaries for Uttar Pradesh –three each attached to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia were appointed AICC general secretary in-charge of UP east and UP west respectively in January and took charge earlier this month.
Zubair Khan, Kumar Ashish, and Bajirao Khade were named as AICC secretaries attached to Priyanka Gandhi, a party statement said.
It said Rana Goswami, Dhiraj Gurjar, and Rohit Chaudhary were named as AICC secretaries attached to Scindia.
Prakash Joshi and Naseeb Singh were relieved from their duties as AICC secretaries, the statement said.
Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia held a series of discussions with party workers last week in Lucknow, with at least one session lasting through the night..
LUCKNOW: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, today condemned the deadly terror attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased and the injured. The 47-year-old, who was expected to address her first press conference this evening a week after her induction, deferred it.
Nearly 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died when terrorists drove a Scorpio laden with 350 kg of explosives into their 70-vehicle convoy. Dozens are injured, many of whom are critical, doctors have said.
Appearing before the media, Priyanka Gandhi gave a short address, telling reporters that given the attack in Pulwama, “I think it is not an appropriate time for us to be having political discussions”.
“To all the families of soldiers killed in the attack — we want to tell you we are with you in this difficult hour… we stand with you shoulder to shoulder,” added Ms Gandhi Vadra, who, in a statement earlier, said she could relate to the sufferings of the affected families.
“Deepest condolences to the families of the 30 Jawans martyred in a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. I can very well understand the pain and grief of losing a loved one in the family. I want to say that not only the Congress party, but the entire country is standing shoulder to shoulder with the families of our brave soldiers. But we must also reflect and be concerned about the high number of casualties in Kashmir. We demand that this government take concrete steps to ensure such terror attacks don’t happen in the future,” her statement read..
The Congress on Sunday declared it will contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats from the state on its own.
However, the grand old party of India has kept the doors of a possible alliance open saying if any secular party which is competent to fight the BJP and willing to go with it (Congress), then it will be accommodated.
Speaking to reporters here, party general secretary and UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The Congress will contest on all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in and defeat the BJP.”
UP Mahila Congress handed over a memorandum to the Governor, Ram Naik, on Saturday seeking his immediate intervention to check on rising crime against the women in the state.