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Priyanka Vadra in Rae Bareli, seeks to corner Narendra Modi on ‘snoopgate’

Seeking to corner Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday (April 23) raked up the "snoopgate" controversy surrounding him and questioned his credentials of talking about empowering women.

Seeking to corner Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday (April 23) raked up the "snoopgate" controversy surrounding him and questioned his credentials of talking about empowering women.

Priyanka Vadra during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

Campaigning for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in this constituency of Uttar Pradesh, she asked the electorate not to vote for a person who believes in concentrating all powers with himself and exhorted them to reject divisive politics.

Priyanka Vadra during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

Taking on Narendra Modi without mentioning his name, she said, "If you want to empower women, how will you do that? You empower us by listening to phone conversations in closed rooms?"

Priyanka Vadra is greeted by women during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

She was clearly referring to the alleged snooping of a woman in Gujarat ostensibly on orders from Modi. "If there are leaders who are disrespecting women, throw them out of your homes," the Congress' star campaigner told gathering here.

Priyanka Vadra is greeted by women voters during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

Asserting that empowerment is a right of women, she said nobody should think that it was some kind of favour towards the fair sex which comprises half the population.

"If we talk about women empowerment, we need to recognise the strength of a woman, we need to talk genuinely about women empowerment, without being condescending towards women," she said.
Priyanka Vadra greeted by women voters during her election campaign for her mother in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

She emphasised that women, besides being mother, daughter, wife and sister, had an independent identity which needs to be respected. Accusing BJP of double standard on the issue of women empowerment, Priyanka said if they are concerned about it, then they should empower them by giving reservation. (PTI)

"But what have you been doing for us? This is a big issue before the voters in this election. What kind of politics are doing? Is this a constructive one in strengthening the nation," she asked.

Priyanka Vadra interacts with security men during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra was campaigning for her mother in Rae bareli constituency of Uttar Pradesh on April 21. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra shares meal with a village woman in a field during the campaign. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra has been leading campaigns for her mother amid attacks by opposition on her husband Robert Vadra’s alleged inappropriate land deals, according to news reports. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra addresses village women during her election campaign. (PTI)

At the campaign, Priyanka Vadra broke her silence over continued "political" attacks on her husband Robert Vadra by BJP but asserted that her determination to fight back will get stronger with attempts to "humiliate" her family further. (PTI)

Priyanka further invoked grand mother Indira Gandhi and said she had learnt from her about how to face such situations and emerge stronger in the process. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra is garlanded during an election campaign for her mother in Rae Bareli. (PTI)

"I am pained that while this election should have been contested on development, needs of the people, employment for youth...instead, an attempt is being made to mislead you towards meaningless talk," she had said.
Priyanka Vadra interacts with women during the election campaign. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra holds a child during her election campaign. (PTI)

Priyanka Vadra talks with a woman during the election campaign. (PTI)

Priyanka interacts with village women during the campaign. (AP)

Priyanka Vadra interacts with village women the election campaign in her mother’s constituency of Rae Bareli. (AP)

Priyanka Vadra meets people during an election campaign for her mother in Rae Bareli. (PTI)