Posters describing Priyanka Gandhi as 'emotional blackmailer' appear in Rae Bareli; Congress terms them 'dirty trick'
The posters said Priyanka Gandhi plays with the sentiments of the Rae Bareli people only to garner votes
Rae Bareli: Hundreds of posters terming Priyanka Gandhi Vadra an "emotional blackmailer" were seen on Monday in Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of her mother and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The posters which literally cropped up all around the Uttar Pradesh town overnight, showed her as "missing", and said while many tragedies struck the constituency since her last visit, Priyanka has not bothered to reach out to the people in the Congress borough where she is seen as her mother's heir.
In a reference to her last minute visits to Rae Bareli during successive polls and trying to pitch in for her mother by striking the emotional chord of the relationship of the Gandhis with the area, the posters also called her an "emotional blackmailer".
They said Priyanka plays with the sentiments of the Rae Bareli people only to garner votes. Carrying pictures of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's sibling the posters also asked her when would she visit Rae Bareli next.
These posters have been plastered on walls on major thoroughfares, markets, public places like Tripula square and Hardaspur. They questioned her absence after major train accidents, including at Harchandpur, and the NTPC blast in Unchahar.
They posed queries whether she would be present in her mothers constituency on Eid since she has not turned up on Hindu festivals like Navratri, Durga Puja and Dusshehra.
Congress leaders and workers called the posters yet another "dirty trick" by opponents who were petrified by the "comeback prospects of the Gandhis and the party to power in 2019 (after the Lok Sabha polls)".
District Congress chief VK Shukla said the party will give a befitting reply to such slandering. For now they would ask the district administration to act against people involved in putting up the posters, Shukla said.
The Congress president made the comment at a party meeting convened to evolve a strategy to fight the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states early next year
The leader has created a buzz with her recent visits to the families of the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri and the decision of granting women 40% party tickets for the upcoming Assembly elections
In her opening remarks at the CWC meeting, interim chief Sonia Gandhi said she is a full-time and hands-on party president and there is no need for leaders to speak to her through the media