UP elections 2017 highlights: Priyanka Gandhi attacks PM Modi in Rae Bareli, says only poor are suffering from note ban

"PM Narendra Modi has done nothing for his constituency Varanasi, he made hollow promises," said Priyanka.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 7:22:07 pm
Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at Raebareli rally Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at Raebareli rally (Source: Express photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi-led Central government during a rally in Rae Bareli on Friday. Taking a strong jibe against PM Narendra Modi’s remark of being the adopted son of Varanasi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Varanasi doesn’t need to adopt an outsider for its development. She accused the PM of harassing the females by making them stand in queues during demonetisation.

Earlier Rahul also slammed the government for demonetisation, demanding that farmers loan should be waived off. “PM Modi remembers farmers only during election time,” he said at the rally where his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also present. With two days to go for the third phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, war of words continued between BJP, Congress-SP alliance and the BSP on Thursday. Leaders from all the major parties held rallies and press conferences to attack the opposition and woo the voters.

Here are the highlights:

05.09 pm: PM has done nothing for his constituency Varanasi, he made hollow promises, says Priyanka

05.08 pm: Nothing but rhetoric by Modi government, says Priyanka

05.07 pm: Only the poor are suffering because of the note ban, says Priyanka

05.06 pm: Know those who want to work for you, says Priyanka

05.05 pm: Every young man can become a leader in UP and can develop this state, says Priyanka

05.01 pm: Mujhe Varanasi ke logon ne godh liya hai, aur Varanasi k liye mai ek eta hun, Uttar Pradesh ka beta hun, isliye mai UP ka vikas karunga. Kya UP ko bahase kisiko godh lene ki zarurat hai? Kya yaha koi naujawan nahi hai?

(PM Modi said that UP has adopted me and I’ll work for its development. Does UP need to adopt an outsider for its development, asks Priyanka)

05.00 pm: Priyanka Gandhi addresses an election rally at Maharajganj, Raebareli

04.00 pm: If the govt of Congress-SP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, it will be a govt of the youths, says Rahul Gandhi

03.58 pm: PM Modi snatched away food park from the people of Rae Bareli. He gives loans only to Mallya, says Rahul

03.56 pm: In Rs 20, 000 the life of a family can be changed. But PM will give the money only to Vijay Mallya, says Rahul

03.55 pm:  PM Modi keeps saying ‘Make in India’, but everywhere I see its ‘Made in China’. He gives the money only to 50 families, says Rahul

03.53 pm: PM Modi makes relationships and then makes people stand in queues, says Rahul

03.50 pm: PM Modi makes empty promises, govt not doing enough for farmers, says Rahul

03.46 pm: Wherever he goes he makes relationships. He went to Varanasi and said ‘I’m the son of Varanasi’. The PM had promised he would clean Ganga, would install solar lamps, free internet, would make Bhojpuri film city in Varanasi, says Rahul

03.45 pm: PM Modi is not interested in the pains and sufferings of the farmers, says Rahul Gandhi

03.42 pm: PM Modi says the moment BJP forms govt in UP, we will waive off loans of the farmers. Narendra Modi you are the PM, you can waive off the farmers’ loans in 15 minutes, says Rahul Gandhi

03.40 pm: We want three things: Waive off farmers’ loans, slash electricity bill by half and give right price for produce, says Rahul Gandhi

03.35 pm: Rahul Gandhi starts addressing the Rae Bareli rally

03.30 pm: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrive at an election rally in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh

02.50 pm: PM Modi takes all decisions himself. He took away the work of LK Advani. Also, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have no work to do: Rahul Gandhi

(Modiji jo bhi karte hain apne aap karte hain, Advaniji ka pura kaam khench liya, Sushmaji, Jaitleyji ke paas koi kaam nahi hai: Rahul Gandhi)

02: 26 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Fatehpur on Friday asked PM Modi to live up to his poll promises. “Prime Minister Modi promised us Achhe Din. We were shown Dilwale Dulhania the movie. 2.5 years later, we saw Gabbar Singh come out,” Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addresses Congress rally at Fatehpur. Criticising PM Modi’s remark of calling himself as an adopted son of the state, Gandhi said the relationships are formed only if you live up to them. “Modiji rishtay bolne se, jataane se nahi bante hain, nibhaane se bante hain (Modiji, relations are not formed just by saying, neither are they formed just by epressing. You have to live up to them),” he said.

2:25 pm: Scenes from Rahul Gandhi’s Congress rally at Fatehpur.



2: 20 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally at Fatehpur.


2: 10 pm: Dimple Yadav slammed PM Modi’s poll promise to waive off farmer’s loan and said he could have done it in a year after being elected as the prime minister. The Samajwadi Party MP also said that PM Modi does only Mann ki Baat but never does Kaam Ki baat.

1: 57 pm: Addressing a rally at Fatehpur, BSP supremo Mayawati said that the party does not believe in the government’s interference in triple talaq and uniform civil code. The BSP supremo also said that inspite of “PM Modi’s” drama of calling himself as UP’s adopted son, the people will not for the BJP.Talking about Samajwadi party feud, Mayawati said Shivpal Yadav and his team will harm Akhilesh Yadav and his team in the upcoming polls.

1:23 pm: Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, on Friday, said that party members will ride the bycle at a greater speed with the help of Congress.

11:40 am:  Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said that he has the support of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and the people and need not reply to CM Akhilesh Yadav’s jibe at him.

Addressing a rally in Mainpuri district on Thursday, the chief minister said that he will win the elections, unless people from neighbourhood (Etawah, Shivpal Yadav’s stronghold) “get up to something”. Addressing a rally in Etawah, he also said that someone he trusted betrayed him by trying to create differences between him and his father.

10:40 am: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address an election rally in Hathgaon, Rae Bareli and Maharajganj today.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held separate rallies in Barabanki and Hardoi and slammed the state government over poor development, after which, Rahul Gandhi hit back at the prime minister asking him to listen to people’s Mann ki Baat rather than doing his Mann ki Baat.

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