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Priyanka claims to be Punjabi 'bahu', says make Rahul PM

IANS  |  Bathinda/Pathankot 

Secretary on Tuesday attempted to establish an emotional link with local voters by describing herself as a Punjabi 'bahu' (daughter-in-law), saying she felt at home in and among its people.

While hailing the valour of Punjabis and their ability to remain happy in all circumstances, she launched a vitriolic attack on by asking the audience whether they wanted a who was using martyrs for political purposes or some one who was son of a martyr.

"Do you want a who does of martyrs or want to make a martyr's son (Rahul Gandhi) the Prime Minister?" she asked, addressing a rally in Bathinda in support of candidate

The urged people to teach a lesson to the and the for harassment meted out to them.

While taking on Modi for "brazenly lying and cheating" to further his political interests, the Congress also criticised the on the issues of sacrilege and mafia rule during their regime.

Lambasting the Akalis, she said they had handed over the state to drugs, liquor, sand and transport mafias during their 10-year rule. If Punjab's youth were being destroyed by drugs, it was because of the BJP and the Akalis, she said.

Describing as the land of gurus and criticising the Akalis for instances of sacrilege, said "those who destroyed Sri Guru Granth Sahib were destroying the soul of "

Priyanka, accompanied by Amarinder Singh, appealed to people to strengthen the Congress with their votes in this "battle for the future of India" and to teach "arrogant" Harsimrat Kaur Badal, candidate from Bathinda, a lesson for the Akali's misdeeds.

Pointing to the poor response to Modi's Monday rally at the same ground, hailed people for their befitting reply to the Prime Minister's saga of false promises.

Later at a rally in Pathankot, she reiterated Modi vs Rahul topic by urging people to distinguish between a Prime Minister who does over martyrs and a son of martyr.

Leading a road show atop a truck in support of Sunil Jakhar, party's candidate for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, Priyanka said Modi was the biggest "abhineta" (actor) who had spent the last five years portraying and spreading lies and falsehoods.

Stating that Modi had not even spared martyrs or ex-servicemen, she said, the Prime Minister was for politicising the sacrifices and services of ex-soldiers by claiming 'one rank, one pension' (OROP) scheme was a "gift" to them.

Taking a pot shot at the BJP, Priyanka, in an apparent reference to Sunny Deol, asked the people if they wanted a "neta" (leader) or an "abhineta" and introduced Jakhar as the real "neta" of the people.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 22:16 IST