Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Accuses PM Modi of Neglecting Key Issues

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused PM Modi of prioritizing the wealthy elite over addressing unemployment and women's empowerment at a rally in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. She defended the Congress party's development record in Rae Bareli, listing several projects completed by the party.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Accuses PM Modi of Neglecting Key Issues

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Accuses PM Modi of Neglecting Key Issues

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has launched a scathing attack on the BJP government, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of prioritizing the interests of the wealthy elite over addressing crucial issues like unemployment and women's empowerment. During a public rally in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, Gandhi Vadra countered allegations made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the Gandhi family had ignored the Rae Bareli constituency held by them for decades.

Why this matters: The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in these key constituencies could have significant implications for the political fortunes of both the Congress and the BJP, potentially shaping the future of Indian politics. Moreover, the debate over the government's priorities and its response to pressing issues like unemployment and women's empowerment has far-reaching consequences for the country's socio-economic development.

In her rebuttal, Gandhi Vadra listed a series of development projects completed by the Congress in Rae Bareli, including the Ganga bridge, rail coach factory, AIIMS hospital, NIFT and FDDI institutes, a 4-lane road from Lucknow to Raebareli, a ring road, five national highways, a motor driving school, a spice park, eight flyovers, a railway washing line, modification of railway stations, 10 railway underpasses, and road construction using central funds from Raebareli to Dalmau. "What did they do for Raebareli?" she asked, emphasizing that the BJP had even closed some of the projects initiated by the Congress.

Shah, in his allegations, had pointed out that Sonia Gandhi had not visited Rae Bareli in the past five years, and that Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi had not visited their family or the affected families during incidents such as the NTPC boiler burst, train accident in Bachhrawan, and boat capsizing in the constituency.

The war of words between the Congress and BJP comes as the two parties are contesting the prestige seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli in the ongoing elections. While Rahul Gandhi is the Congress candidate from Rae Bareli, the party has fielded Kishori Lal Sharma, a close aide of the Gandhi family, from the Amethi seat. Rae Bareli is set to vote in the fifth phase of the elections on May 20.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's sharp criticism of the Modi government's priorities and her defense of the Congress party's development record in Rae Bareli have added further intensity to the high-stakes electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh. As the Lok Sabha elections enter a crucial phase, the outcome in these key constituencies could have significant implications for the political fortunes of both the Congress and the BJP.

Key Takeaways

  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accuses PM Modi of prioritizing wealthy elite over unemployment and women's empowerment.
  • Congress and BJP engage in war of words over development projects in Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies.
  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra lists several development projects completed by Congress in Rae Bareli.
  • Amit Shah alleges Gandhi family ignored Rae Bareli constituency, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra counters with development record.
  • Outcome of Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies could shape Indian politics and socio-economic development.