Priyanka Gandhi – The New Indian Express

Through PTI

BULANDSHAHAR: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday appealed to Bulandshahar residents for support for her party’s candidates in the upcoming Assembly elections and stressed that the elections should be conducted on the issue of development and not on caste or religion.

Priyanka Gandhi also met family members of a woman who was shot in a village here.

Her family alleged that she was also raped before she was killed and they were forced to hastily cremate her. A Congress spokesperson in Lucknow said Priyanka Gandhi had assured the family of all possible help in their fight for justice.

During a door-to-door campaign in the Sikandarabad, Anupshahr and Syana assembly segments of Bulandshahar district in western Uttar Pradesh, the Congress General Secretary was greeted with cheers and loud slogans as she moved through the streets with party leaders.

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In Sikandarabad, she was greeted by young girls carrying signs reading “ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon” as flower petals fell on her from rooftops as some locals clicked photos and shot videos on their cell phones.

Priyanka Gandhi interacted with people and inquired about their issues. She also distributed her party’s manifesto, especially to women, and urged them to read it. Congress is contesting assembly elections with a focus on women’s issues.

In a casual chat with reporters, the Congress leader, who is leading the party’s campaign to revive the party in the state, said, “Elections should be conducted on the issue of development, not caste. or religion“.

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“People here also say the same thing. People want to know (from the BJP) the development work they have done, the arrangements for employment or education, or health. These must be the issues of the election,” she said.

“The BJP and the Samajwadi party do not talk about the people’s real problems in elections. They are busy making statements. The Congress, on the other hand, talks about the people’s real problems. That is why we will have the support of the big audience,” she added.

Priyanka Gandhi was accompanied by local Congress leaders and party candidates for the upcoming polls. The door-to-door campaign in the neighborhood continued for more than four hours.