Bathinda, May 14: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Modi government at the Centre, and their allies the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, with a clarion call to the people to give a crushing defeat to these parties in the Lok Sabha polls, in the interest of the future of their state, their nation and their children.
Addressing her first public rally here, in support of Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, Priyanka asked the people to teach a befitting lesson to both, the BJP and the SAD, for the victimisation and harassment meted out to them.
While taking on Modi for brazenly lying and cheating the people to further his political interests, the Congress leader cornered the Akalis on the issues of sacrilege and the mafia rule that prevailed during their regime.
Priyanka was accompanied by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who appealed to the people to strengthen the Congress hands with their vote in this battle for the future of India and to teach arrogant Harsimrat, SAD candidate from Bathinda, a lesson for the Akali misdeeds.
Pointing to the poor public response to Modi’s rally at the same ground in Bathinda yesterday, Priyanka lauded the people for giving a befitting reply to the Prime Minister’s saga of false promises. Taking a dig at Modi’s 'radars in clouds' remark, she said the Prime Minister’s truth had come on the people’s radar, and it was time for him to put his own radar on his unfulfilled promises.
Reaching out to the crowd, the Congress leader said that as the wife of a Punjabi, she felt at home in Punjab and among its people. Priyanka appreciated the valour of Punjabis and their ability to remain happy in all circumstances.
Lambasting the Akalis for suppressing and victimising the people of Punjab and destroying generations, she said they had handed over the state to the drugs, liquor, sand and transport mafia during their 10-year-rule. If Punjab’s youth were being destroyed by Chitta, it was because of the BJP and the Akalis, said the Congress general secretary, pointing out that when Rahul Gandhi had raised the drugs issue before the Assembly elections, they had ridiculed him, only to be exposed later. (UNI)