UP Election 2017: Sonia Gandhi writes letter to Amethi and Raebareli voters, slams Narendra Modi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday wrote a letter to the voters of Amethi and Raebareli, asking them to vote for Congress candidates and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ignoring her constituency and stalling development.

According to a report in Zee News, Gandhi, in her letter, released just a day before Raebareli went to the polls, wrote: "Despite my intense desire, I am not able to be physically present among you this time. Please treat this as my ‘personal’ letter... Raebareli and Amethi have become an integral part of our lives. The credit for whatever we are today goes to you. You and I share a special relationship which is the biggest asset of my life."

File image of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTI

File image of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTI

According to a report in CNN News 18, Gandhi has remained absent from campaigning, which led to the speculation that she did not approve of the alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party for the ongoing Assembly elections in the state — the letter is significant considering her parliamentary constituency Raebareli is going to the polls on Thursday. In her letter, Gandhi alleged that it was the first time in history that a government was working against the interests of its own people. She also accused the Centre of cosying up to industrialists and big business.

According to a report in the Times of India, Gandhi said, "These elections are very important. In 2014, the people of Uttar Pradesh backed the Modi government in a big way. But in return, it has given nothing to the people of the state. In fact, the Modi government has taken away the hard-earned money of the people."

The Indian Express reported that Gandhi mocked the BJP for failing to bring the "acche din" as promised before the 2014 Lok sabha polls. “They can go to any extent to remain in power. The whole country is in deep pain due to their wrong policies and poor governance. Farmers are in trouble, youngsters are not getting jobs, housewives are struggling due to inflation. Our Dalit men are living in fear. The whole country is looking up to you (people). I request you to vote for the Congress candidate," she added.

The fourth phase polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on Thursday in 53 Assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts, including the backward Bundelkhand region and the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough of Rae Bareli.

Elections for the UP Assembly are being held in seven phases with three more — 27 February, and 4 and 8 March — to follow Thursday's polling. Election results will be out on 11 March.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2017 18:48:20 IST

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