Modiji, UP doesn’t need adopted son, it has its own, Priyanka Gandhi takes a dig at PM

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Rae Bareli (UP): Making her maiden speech during the ongoing UP Assembly polls, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “adopted son” remark, asking if the state really needed any leader from outside when it has its own sons.

Priyanka Gandhi

PM ne kaha mujhe UP ne godh liya aur mein UP ka vikas karoonga. Kya UP ko vikas ke liye kisi ko godh lene ki zarurat hai (PM – Narendra Modi – said Varanasi has adopted me and I will develop it…. Does UP need to adopt anyone for development,” she said to a cheering crowd here in the Lok Sabha constituency of her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

“Modiji, does the state need to adopt anyone from outside? Is there no youth here?…You have two such youth in Rahulji and Akhileshji before you who have UP in their hearts and mind,” Priyanka told the gathering at the public meeting which was addressed by her following her brother and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

In her brief but impassioned speech, she said, “No outside leader is required. Every single youth of the state can become a leader…. Every single youth here will work for UP and make the state progress by leaps and bounds. This is the wish of Rahulji and Akhileshji.”

Making an appeal to the voters, she said, “Please ensure the alliance’s victory.”

Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi finally hit the campaign trail for Uttar Pradesh Assembly election addressing a rally at mother Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli today along with brother Rahul.

Calling himself an “adopted son” of Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the future of the State could not be ensured without ridding it of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress.

Mr. Modi, who represents the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, invoked Lord Krishna at an election meeting here to suggest a strong connect between Gujarat and U.P.

“Lord Krishna was born in U.P. and made Gujarat his karmbhoomi (land of work). I was born in Gujarat and U.P. has adopted me … Uttar Pradesh is my mai baap. I am not the son who would betray his mai baap. You have adopted me and it is my duty to work for you,” he said in an emotional speech at a poll rally here.

“Vote for a full majority to the BJP government. I promise to show you the ways out of all the problems you are facing within five years,” he said, telling the impressive crowd that all pollsters have predicted the BJP would get massive support in the first two phases of polling.

(With PTI inputs)

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