Lok Sabha elections 2019: Priyanka mocks Modi over radar remark

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday mocked Narendra Modi for suggesting that cloud cover helped the Indian Air Force evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot air strike, saying the truth about the Prime Minister is now on the “people’s radar”.

Addressing her first rally in Punjab in traditional salwar-kameez, Priyanka accused Modi of indulging only in propaganda and making tall promises, while projecting that no development took place in 70 years. “The truth about Modi has now come on people’s radar,” she said.

Campaigning for party candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the Congress general secretary said the desecration of scriptures during the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) rule in 2015 happened for political gain.

Priyanka charged the Badal government with patronising land mafia and the transport industry.

“We all know who is behind the illegal trade of chitta or synthetic drugs in Punjab. (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi was the first leader to raise his voice against the drug trade in the state as he has a deep concern for young lives,” the Congress leader said.

She said more than 12,000 farmers had committed suicide in five years and the Modi government had failed to address the agrarian crisis. The BJP’s promise to double farmers’ income and deposit Rs 15 lakh amounted to cheating the masses, she said.

“Contrary to the promise of job creation, 50 lakh lost their jobs during the BJP rule. 24 lakh government jobs are vacant and no effort has been made to fill them,” she said.

At a rally in Pathankot, Priyanka Gandhi asked the people if they wanted a `neta’ (leader) or an `abhineta’ (actor), in an apparent reference to BJP nominee and actor Sunny Deol.

Flanked by Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, state minister and star campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu, incharge of party state unit Asha Kumari and Congress MLA from Pathankot Amit Vij, Priyanka led a roadshow in the town in support of party nominee from Gurdaspur seat Sunil Jakhar, who is also state Congress president.

The roadshow started at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk and culminated at Balmiki Chowk, where she and Sidhu addressed a gathering. The 2.5 kilometre roadshow took over two hours.

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as biggest `abhineta’ (actor), Priyanka said, “Modi spent the last five years campaigning with lies and falsehood, and did not even spare the martyrs or ex-servicemen. He does not talk about India or its people or farmers and focuses on Pakistan. He spent the last five years only campaigning.”

Priyanka also took potshots at Modi’s foreign trips, saying, “He has no time for soldiers, farmers or the poor of the country as he goes around travelling the world and hugging word leaders.”

First Published:
May 15, 2019 03:50 IST

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