Posters referring Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as ‘missing’ have cropped up around Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli district, mocking her absence from the constituency, which is represented by her mother. The district was overnight flooded with hundreds of posters with Priyanka’s face on them, labelling her as an ‘emotional blackmailer’. “While many tragedies struck the constituency since her last visit, Priyanka has been reluctant to reach out to the people,” read the posters.
Congress district president VK Shukla said that the party will give a befitting reply. “People who have stooped to such a new low will be given befitting reply for such a shameful act.” These posters were seen from Triphula Chauraha to Hardaspur area of the constituency. There were reports of similar pamphlets being distributed to the people in some other parts of Raebareli.
Since Indira Gandhi had won from here in 1980, the constituency has turned to be fortess of Gandhi family. While her mother is representing the constituency since more than two decades, it was Priyanka Gandhi, who has been maintaing close contact with local party cadre. She is also monitoring the neighbouring constituency, Amethi, represented by her brother Rahul Gandhi.
In view of Sonia Gandhi’s poor health, speculations are spreading that Priyanka will contest from here in 2019 polls, also to give a new vigour to Congress campaign in the north. However, her absence for the last few months in the constituency seems to be creating puzzles to many. The posters also mentioned the absence of Priyanka from Raebareli, especially during the Unchahar boiler blast, Harchandpur rail accident and even during festivals such as Dussehra. Interestingly, BJP is concentrating for the last four years to wrest these two constituencies in the next polls.
Recently, Union Minister Arun Jaitley had announced Rs 2 crore as part of MPLAD funds for Raebareli to woo the voters. In a counter, Congress leader Kapil Sibal announced Rs 2 crore for Amethi.