UP elections 2017: Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi attack PM Modi over hollow promises as campaign for third phase ends

All that has happened in Uttar Pradesh as Opposition leaders take on the Prime Minister over his 'adopted son' comments.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 8:22 pm
up elections 2017, up polls, up elections, akhilesh yadav, rahul gandhi, mayawati, bsp, sp, samajwadi party, congress, latest news Priyanka Gandhi with brother and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Rae Barelli.

With the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections closing in, the war of words continues between the major players in the state. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined the campaign trail for the first time and took the opportunity to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Rae Bareli attacking him over his claims that Uttar Pradesh had ‘adopted’ him. She said that the state had no dearth of youth for an outsider to help its development. She joined her brother and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the rally.

Referring to Modi’s remarks claiming that he’s a son of Varanasi and a son of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka said: “…a thought came to my mind, does UP need to adopt an outsider?”

“PM had said UP has adopted him and that he will look after UP’s development. Does UP need to adopt anyone to look after its development?” Priyanka Gandhi said at the rally, adding: “Is there no youth here that can take UP forward? Each youth here has the potential to become a politician and work for the development of UP… every one has that hope.”

Rahul Gandhi also attacked the Prime Minister over his statements, saying that relationships don’t develop just by talking but by nurturing.

“He (Modi) makes relationships wherever he goes…He went to Varanasi and termed Ganga as his mother and said he was the son of Varanasi…In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he promised to change Varanasi,” he added.

Both brother and sister also attacked Modi over ‘hollow promises’, with Priyanka Gandhi saying he has done nothing for Varanasi.

“Nothing but rhetoric by Modi government. PM has done nothing for his constituency Varanasi, he made hollow promises,” said Priyanka Gandhi.

up elections 2017, up polls, up elections, akhilesh yadav, rahul gandhi, mayawati, bsp, sp, samajwadi party, congress, latest news Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. (PTI File Photo)

Rahul Gandhi further criticised him over the same saying that the Modi government has not done enough for the poor and the farmers. He further put out the demands of the farmer saying,”Waive off farmers’ loans, slash electricity bill by half and give right price for produce.”

In another rally at Fatehpur, the Congress Vice President, using a Bollywood reference, took a jibe at PM Modi’s ‘achhe din’ promise and said that when people were expecting Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, people got Gabbar Singh from Sholay.

“Prime Minister Modi promised us Achhe Din. We were shown Dilwale Dulhania the movie. 2.5 years later, we saw Gabbar Singh come out,” he said.

up elections 2017, up polls, up elections, akhilesh yadav, rahul gandhi, mayawati, bsp, sp, samajwadi party, congress, latest news Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav. (File Photo)

Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav too joined in the criticism of the Prime Minister slamming the Modi’s poll promise to waive off farmer’s loan. She said that he could have done it in a year after being elected as the prime minister. She further added that PM Modi does only Mann ki Baat but never does Kaam Ki baat.

up elections 2017, up polls, up elections, akhilesh yadav, rahul gandhi, mayawati, bsp, sp, samajwadi party, congress, latest news BSP chief Mayawati. (File Photo)

BSP supremo Mayawati joined the chorus of voices attacking PM Modi over his ‘adopted son’ remarks and said that despite his ‘drama’ over it, the people of Uttar Pradesh would never vote the BJP into power. She also criticised the government over the issues of triple talaq and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and said that her party does not believe in the Centre’s interference in the matter.

She further added that the ongoing feud in the Samajwadi Party will only harm Akhilesh Yadav and his team.

up elections 2017, up polls, up elections, akhilesh yadav, rahul gandhi, mayawati, bsp, sp, samajwadi party, congress, latest news Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. (Express File Photo)

On the Samajwadi Party side, the feud within the party seemed to prolong as party leader Shivpal Yadav responded to nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s jibe in Mainpuri on Thursday. He said that he has the support of Mulayam Singh Yadav and people and that he need not reply. Speaking at a rally in Mainpuri Akhilesh took a jibe at his uncle and said that unless the people of Etawah (Shivpal’s stronghold) were up to something, he would win the elections.

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    Akshay
    Feb 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    BJP leader arrested recently for being ISI agent.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Look at ISI agents from RSS BJP attacking Congress for not them destroy India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP/ISI agents opposedlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Consution lt;br/gt;Equal rights for dalotslt;br/gt;Equal rights for women lt;br/gt;English lt;br/gt;Computers in 80slt;br/gt;Pro development reforms in 90slt;br/gt;GSTlt;br/gt;FDIlt;br/gt;Land billlt;br/gt;Nuclear deallt;br/gt;Aadharlt;br/gt;MNREGAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Looks like for their faults Congress saved India from getting destro by anti indian ISI agents RSS/BJP.
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      CMVikram
      Feb 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm
      And where is the fake Tikka that the Italian family wears when they go campaigning for votes?
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        CMVikram
        Feb 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm
        How about Sonia hi? How did she become a billionaire? You show she was a penny less bar girl before she married Rajiv hi
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          CMVikram
          Feb 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm
          Put Prianka's husband in jail. He is a gangster and a thief. Put Sonia in jail. She stole money left and right from the poor Indians. This former bar girl is now a billionaire - all stolen money.
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            amit patel
            Feb 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm
            why is sonia in india, didnt we adopt her?
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              BlahBlah
              Feb 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm
              Why is Rahul hi there in UP then? Why are you there?
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                andy
                Feb 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm
                GORI BAGHOI DESH BHCHOI. WE WERE RULED BY WHITES AND MUGAL NEVER AGAIN . GORI AND MULLA AHMED PATEL WAS HER ADVISER AND MMS WAS NOTHING. THEY LIED TO INDIAN PEOPLE. WHERE IS CONGRESS KE JIJAJI. HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL. THEY ARE AGAINST MODIJI SO THAT THEY CAN LOOT THE COUNTRY. IF YOU STEAL TAX PAYER MONEY GO TO JAIL.
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                  dd
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm
                  Looks like Chor gathbandhan is losing....can't control what they speak...
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                    dineesh
                    Feb 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                    Corrupt Nehru/hi/Congress have looted enormous funds from poor Indians/NRI/ Banks etc and parked them overseas tax heavens with the help of their chummy Businessmen/Corporates.It is the fact. Then why Sonia and Rahul hi making overseas trips for the last 5 years to various countries ,viz.USA,Singapore, Saudi Arabia,Switzerland,etc. They must be brought to the international justice at ICC.
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                      sunny
                      Feb 18, 2017 at 12:13 am
                      To some extend Aklish Yada observation on KAM KE BATH is to be admitted by NDA. They are going to complete about 3 year in power and every time only topic is misrule of Congres. BJP once close friend Siva sena,s observation of Congress is to be accepted. gt; As a senior citizen from a village I got benefit from PL480. That was the condition in 60s. Most of our Bhakatas may not be knowing what is PL480
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                        L.P.Kulkarni
                        Feb 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                        kanjus, you have invented bar girl and her daughter who is wife of thug Wadra. kanjus must have black money and lost in demonetization.
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                          Mahender Goriganti
                          Feb 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                          Must have been one those con Jihadi like you part the Islamic express propaa machines.
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                            Suresh
                            Feb 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                            All their speeches are only abusing Modi. Should this be the reason why we should bring Congress back? In last 33 months is there any positive talk Congress has done?
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                              homer
                              Feb 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm
                              Who is Priyanka ? Another indolent parasite for India to feed.
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                                Kumar Peters
                                Feb 17, 2017 at 11:54 pm
                                This applies to modi ji. In 2019 he is going to Tihar.
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                                  Feb 19, 2017 at 4:40 am
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                                    Ramesh ahuja
                                    Feb 17, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                                    Indira hi and Rajiv hi last nationalist in hi family.
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                                      Raj
                                      Feb 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                                      2G, CWG, Coal_G, Jijaji, Embrarer plane deal, Augusta helicopter deal... lest we forget!
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                                        Raj
                                        Feb 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm
                                        Soon Vadra will also criticize Modi. The smallest fellows will try to reach the highest branch! It does not cost them anything to do so in a democracy
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