Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar Wednesday accused the BJP of diverting people’s attention from development issues and trying to spread communal hatred for garnering votes.
Canvassing for party candidate Supriya Shrinate in the Maharajganj constituency, he said most of the development works were done during Congress rule and his party was the voice of the poor, backward and downtrodden sections of society. “The BJP is trying to divert people’s attention from development issues and are trying to spread communal hatred and seeking votes,” he said at an election meeting in Maharjganj.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contest the last two phases of the Lok Sabha elections on issues of demonetisation, GST and promises made to the youth. Addressing her first rally in Delhi, she said “contest the last two phases on demonetisation, GST, women’s safety and unfulfilled promises to youth,” in response to Modi’s remark that the Congress should contest the polls over the Bofors issue……..
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused him of protecting the interest of “15 selected people”, while ignoring the farmers and the poor.
“This chowkidar obliged 15 selected people during his five-year term but told sugarcane farmers that cane-farming caused ‘sugar’ (diabetes),” Gandhi alleged…
The diabetes remark is usually attributed to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Narendra Modi in 2014 made a number of false assurances, on ‘achhe din’ (better days), two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh in every bank account. But none of them came true,” Gandhi said at an election rally in the Kheri Lok sabha constituency.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday filed her nomination papers for Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. She also held a roadshow in Rae Bareli before filing the nomination papers. The UPA chairperson offered puja at the Congress’ central office before starting the roadshow.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in the presence of his mother Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra.
Mr. Gandhi reached the Collectorate to file his papers after a roadshow through the town along with his sister, brother-in-law and their two children in an open truck.
Surging crowds of Congress supporters walked along the truck to the Collectorate.
Ms. Sonia Gandhi was not part of the roadshow.
Mr. Gandhi is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala. He filed his nomination there on April 4.
Amethi goes to the polls on May 6, fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election, which begins on April 11.