Priyanka Gandhi cancels first press conference as Congress gen secy in view of Pulwama attack, expresses grief over CRPF deaths

  • The press conference was meant to wrap up Priyanka's four-day visit to Uttar Pradesh

  • She said that it wouldn't be right to hold political discussions at a time when our jawans have been killed

  • A two-minute silence was also observed as a mark of grief

Lucknow: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thursday called off her first press conference after being inducted in the Congress as a Congress general secretary, expressing grief over the deaths of 40 CRPF personnel in a terror attack in Kashmir.

The press conference was meant to wrap up her four-day visit to the state, the first after being appointed in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

 Priyanka Gandhi cancels first press conference as Congress gen secy in view of Pulwama attack, expresses grief over CRPF deaths

File photo of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. PTI

"This conference was called for political discussions. But when our jawans have been killed in a terror attack in Pulwama, I feel it would not be right if we have political discussions at this time," she told reporters at the press conference venue.

"I want to tell their families that every single countryman is with them in their hour of grief," she said.

"They should have faith... we are standing by them," she added.

A two-minute silence was also observed as a mark of grief.

The Congress leader has held a series of discussions with party workers over the past four days, with at least one session lasting through the night.

The Congress is trying to revive itself in the state where it faces a challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as an alliance of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Although the new AICC general secretary has faced the press briefly in recent days, this was slated to be her first formal interaction.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2019 22:18:53 IST