Kushinagar/Mirzapur, May 18: All India Congress General Secretary, incharge Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who winded up her campaign in the last leg of Parliament elections in Poorwanchal on Friday called Prime Minister an 'actor’ instead of a politician and accused him of just involved in 'drama’ during last five years.
“It would have been better to have gone for an actor,” the 47-year-old said at a roadshow in Mirzapur and later in Kushinagar Parliament constituencies of Purvanchal region. While party’s Lalitesh Pati Tripathi is contesting against Apna Dal leader and sitting member of Parliament from Mirzapur, Anupriya Patel, and former minister in UPA regime, RPN Singh, is contesting from Congress in Kushinagar.
Priyanka’s comments come ahead of the seventh and last phase of polling in the Lok Sabha election on Sunday. “Ab aap samajh lijiye ke apne duniye ke sabse bade abhineta ko apna PM bana diya hai. Isse accha toh aap Amitabh Bachchan ko hi bana dete. Karna toh kisi ne kuch nahi tha aapke liye (You should think that you have voted for the world’s greatest actor as your PM. It would have been better that if you have elected (Bollywood superstar) Amitabh Bachchan. Nobody would have worked for your good anyway),” Priyanka Gandhi said while targeting PM during her road show on Friday.
The Mirzapur parliamentary constituency is one of the two Lok Sabha seats where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Apna Dal was successful in the general election in 2014. The Congress has won five times in Mirzapur, Samajwadi Party four times, Bharatiya Janata Party twice, the last time in 1998, and the Bahujan Samaj Party has also been successful twice since elections held in 1957. The Congress party, once dominant on the Mirzapur seat has not won an election after 1984. Priyanka earlier visited the district in April and also went for darshan of Maa Vindhyavashni temple and claimed to have sought blessings for welfare of the people.
“This election is an election in which we are fighting to save our democracy and our democratic institutions and every citizen must cast his vote responsibly,” she said while appealing the people to vote for a change and save democracy. At Girdhar crossing in Mirzapur, when some youths started chanting "Modi Modi…" slogans, Priyanka offered them garlands and asked to continue with their trust. Interestingly, to counter BJP supporters, Congressmen too shouted "Chowkidar Chor Hai" after which the BJP workers left.
Priyanka’s road show ended at Sankat Mochan Temple after which she left for another road show in Kushninagar. UNI