Priyanka Gandhi leads roadshow in Saharanpur, criticizes those in power for prioritizing 'satta' over 'Shakti'

07:34 PM Apr 17, 2024 | PTI |

Attacking the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said those ruling the country are not worshippers of ”satya (truth) or ‘Maa Shakti’ but only of ‘satta’ (power)”.


She was speaking during her first roadshow in Uttar Pradesh in support of the INDIA bloc candidate from Saharanpur Imran Masood, hours before the campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end.

The roadshow covered a distance of about two kilometres in areas with a sizeable Muslim population. It started from the Jain Bagh area, passed through Raiwala, JBS Inter College, Kamboh Bridge and ended at the Qutub Sher police station area.

Addressing a large crowd, she appealed to them to make Masood victorious with an overwhelming majority.

”The people in power are not worshippers of ‘satya’ (truth) or ‘Maa Shakti’ (Goddess Shakti) but only of ‘satta’ (power).


”For ‘satta’, they can go to any extent, they can topple governments, buy MLAs and give the country’s assets to the rich,” she said.

Her remarks come in the backdrop of the BJP attacking the Congress over its leader Rahul Gandhi’s ”fight againt Shakti remark and accusing the opposition party of insulting Hindu Gods.

Targeting the BJP, the Congress leader claimed that ”if there is no glitch in EVM, these people are not going to win more than 180 seats.” The Congress general secretary also attacked the ruling party over the electoral bonds issue.

”If the electoral bond is transparent then why was the list not made available to the people earlier? It was only when the Supreme Court intervened that the list came out,” she said ”The company which was earning a profit of Rs 180 crore donated Rs 1100 crores to BJP. Black money was converted into white through electoral bonds,” she alleged, adding that it has exposed ”Modi’s corruption”.

”Modi ji is not worried about the farmers of the country. The farmers kept sitting in Delhi for many months for their rights but Modi ji did not hear.

”A farmer is committing suicide over a loan of Rs 10,000, but Adani’s Rs 16 lakh crore was waived in one go,” she claimed.

Speaking to the electorate in the Muslim-dominated area, she said, ”You people believe in Prophet Mohammad because he fought for you. He always stood with you, he had no power, yet you people believed him.” The Congress leader briefly stopped her address while ”azan” (call for prayer) was heard from a nearby mosque.

Priyanka Gandhi also referred to the Ram Navami festival which was being celebrated on Wednesday.

”Today is the auspicious day of Ram Navami. It is written in Valmiki Ramayana that when Lord Ram entered the battlefield, he saw that the power was completely on Ravana’s side, he got disheartened and prayed for eight to nine days.

”The goddess also tested him but later blessed him,” she said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi said, ”Modi ji does not pay attention towards the poor, his attention is only towards the ‘Dhannaseths’ (capitalists). It is these Dhannaseths of Modi who are running the country.” The roadshow was scheduled to begin at 10 am but started at around 12 noon as Priyanka Gandhi’s arrival was delayed.

The district administration did not allow the roadshow to go ahead after the passage of the permitted time due to which she could not reach the Congress Committee office.

A sizeable number of Samajwadi Party workers were present in the road show waving flags and banners of their party walking along with enthusiastic Congress members.

In a post on X, Priyanka Gandhi said ”I am overwhelmed by the love of the people of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. This enthusiasm, this zeal and this passion is a sign of the coming change.

”People who are disappointed with unemployment and inflation are now beginning to see hope for change. This enthusiasm is a reflection of that hope. The departure of the BJP, which has done injustice to the people, is certain. India will unite, India will win.” Clad in a pink saree and riding atop an open vehicle with Imran Masood, Gandhi acknowledged the crowds present on both sides of the road with folded hands.

She also waved at the locals who showered flowers and confetti from rooftops.

Priyanka Gandhi was to visit Siddha Peeth Shakumbhari Devi before the road show in Saharanpur, but in view of the huge crowd of devotees on the festival of Ram Navami, the district administration did not allow it.

Extensive arrangements were made by the administration to provide foolproof security to the leaders during the roadshow.


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