- Congress leaders in Rajasthan are together and the party will win the November 25 assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday.
- Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot were accompanying Gandhi.
- Comparing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to a “world-famous actor,” Priyanka Gandhi ridiculed his focus on appearances over work.
- She also mocked Modi for complaining about opposition abuse, suggesting the title “Mere Naam” for a fictional movie about him.
- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticizes Scindia, mocks PM for ‘crying’
- She promised that if the Congress forms the government in Madhya Pradesh, decisions such as a Rs 1500 allowance for women would be implemented in the first cabinet meeting.
Congress leaders in Rajasthan are together and the party will win the November 25 assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday.
In a brief interaction with reporters at the airport here, the former Congress president said, “We are together and will remain together. The Congress party will sweep the elections in Rajasthan”. The party’s leaders are together and will remain united, he asserted before leaving for Tara Nagar in Churu to address a poll rally.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot were accompanying Gandhi.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched a scathing attack on Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, her former party colleague, accusing him of betraying the trust of the people during an election campaign rally in Datia, Madhya Pradesh. She also took aim at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, highlighting various issues and making promises ahead of the November 17 elections.
Scindia’s defection to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in March 2020, resulting in the downfall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, was a focal point of Gandhi’s criticism. She emphasized that Scindia’s actions betrayed the people’s trust and reflected his family’s tradition. Drawing historical parallels, Gandhi mentioned detractors’ claims about the Scindia family’s alleged lack of support for Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi during the 1857 uprising.
“In a way, Scindia has upheld his family tradition well, but he has betrayed the trust of the people of Gwalior and Chambal region. He stabbed you in the back. Toppled a government which you had voted into power,” the Congress general secretary said.
Taking on Prime Minister Modi, Gandhi described him as “top class” in recognizing people, but she criticized the BJP for including what she termed “traitors and cowards” from around the world in the party. She expressed pity for the workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP, speculating about the potential takeover by an “army of cowards.”
Addressing the economic situation, Gandhi claimed that Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh had the lowest unemployment rate, contrasting it with what she described as a dire job situation in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
Gandhi reiterated her party’s promises, including a farm loan waiver, free 100 units of power, a caste census, and the waiver of fees for recruitment examinations. She asserted that various sectors, including education, healthcare, and agriculture, were in poor condition, claiming that the BJP’s promises, such as doubling farmers’ income, had not materialized.
Criticizing the BJP’s election-time schemes, Gandhi questioned the timing of introducing the Ladli Behna scheme for women just two months before the elections. She accused the BJP of providing jobs to industrialists while neglecting farmers and claimed that unemployment had reached its peak in the last 45 years.
Concluding her rally in Sidhi, Gandhi urged voters to focus on candidates’ work rather than caste and religion. She promised that if the Congress forms the government in Madhya Pradesh, decisions such as a Rs 1500 allowance for women would be implemented in the first cabinet meeting.
(With inputs from agencies)