Congress general secretary Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today (Thursday, May 2) reached the locality of snake charmers, where she was witnessed playing with the snakes.
Priyanka Gandhi yesterday addressed a rally in Rae Bareli, where she said, the party has fielded its candidate very wisely, even if the candidate loses the polls, then also they will successfully cut the BJP votes.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav rubbished Priyanka’s claim that grand old party has fielded weak candidates. SP chief called Priyanka’s statement an “excuse” since the “people are not with them”.
“I cannot believe in these types of statements. I do not believe that the Congress has fielded weak candidates anywhere. No party does it. People are not with them. That is why they are making excuses,” Yadav said.
“There is no difference between the BJP and the Congress. The Congress wants to benefit the BJP. Who taught central agencies to intimidate opposition leaders,” he added sharply.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to Election Commission of India over children being used in campaigning for political parties.
The complaint pertains to a video in which children were seen using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of Congress general secretary for eastern UP, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
In its complaint, the NCPCR objected to the use of children in the election campaign. The NCPCR also said that the Bombay High Court had ruled in an order on August 4, 2014 that children should not be included in the election campaign.
The High Court had also asked the Election Commission to issue instructions to all political parties in this regard.
In the video which has gone viral, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is seen watching the children shout “chowkidar chor hai [the watchman is a thief]” and then proceed to use abusive language.
As polling moves from western to eastern Uttar Pradesh, the fight is set to get triangular with the Congress fielding its time-tested candidates in 14 of the 54 Lok Sabha seats.
The constituencies where the Congress is engaged in a fight-to-the-finish are Lakhimpuri Kheri, Unnao, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Dhaurahra, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Sitapur, Bahraich, Kushi Nagar and Mirzapur. Four of these seats voted in the fourth phase on April 29.
Elections to the remaining 41 seats will be held in the next three phases.