Rae Bareli, Aug 27: Congress general secretary of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday attacked the Narendra Modi government over the privatisation of Railways. "The Centre was conspiring to privatise the railways and it will impact the Modern rail coach factory here," she said while expressing her solidarity with the employees on agitation at the Lalganj modern rail coach factory. While addressing the coach factory employees, Ms Vadra alleged that the BJP government was trying hand over these factories to their industrialist friends. Priyanka Gandhi also hit out at the government over the country's 'weak' economic situation. "You must be aware of the economic condition. Must have read it in newspapers, though our media friends do not say much, but I have seen advertisements of mills, associations, tea garden associations that we are drowning and save us", she said.
"Advertisements are being given that economy is so weak, jobs are going out of hand, and it has dawned on the central government that where the factory production is double, corporatise it and privatise it', she further said. "You can think what their intention is," she stated. The Congress leader underlined that big institutions like the railways and public sector units were set up for strengthening and uniting the nation for development and employment. "If one by one they are damaged, you can think what the future will be," she added. On July 1, Sonia Gandhi had already raised the issue of corporatisation in the Lok Sabha, accusing the government of selling the country's assets to private players at a throwaway price. Meanwhile, Ms Vadra who was on a-day visit to Rae Bareli, also visited the native residence of party MLA Aditi Singh and condoled the death of her father and former legislator Akhilesh Singh.
Akhilesh Singh, who had represented Rae Bareli Sadar assembly constituency for five terms, died last week after a prolonged illness. Singh had won as Congress candidate three times consecutively but was expelled from the party in 2003 after which he won the seat as an independent in 2007 and as Peace Party candidate in 2016. After spending around 45 minutes with them, she left for Bhue Mau guest house where she met the district Congress leaders and other delegations. UNI