Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday accused the BJP of systematically attacking every democratic institution in the country and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not take people for fools.
Speaking to reporters before beginning the third day of her campaign along the river Ganga on Wednesday, she said, “BJP has systematically attacked every democratic institution in the country in the last five years. You all know it better than I do.
“So I think the Prime Minister should stop thinking that people are fools and understand that they see through all his antics.”
On Wednesday, Priyanka, who is also Congress’ in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, is in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi.
Starting her day with an interaction with party workers at the Chunar Fort, she paid tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Shastri Chowk and Shastri Memorial, the house of the former Prime Minister in his ancestral village Ramnagar.
Congress workers followed her around raising slogans like “Gali gali me shor hai, chowkidar’ chor hai” and “Dahan karne Modi ki Lanka, aa gai behen Priyanka”.
Locals seemed motivated by the Congress leader’s arrival in their midst, with many pointing out her resemblance to her grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Sanjay Kumar said, “Her arrival augurs a change. People are looking for a new ideology. Now people want to get away from the politics of temple and mosque.”
“We have felt helpless in the last five years, we feel cheated by the government,” he added.
Shahnawaz, another local told IANS, “The BJP has not lived up to our expecations. We see a hope in Priyanka Gandhi and the Congress.”