Gandhinagar: Making her debut speech since joining active politics recently, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her first rally and urged people to use their right to vote as their weapon during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
In the few words that marked her first election speech, the newly-appointed Congress general secretary tried to corner PM Modi without once taking his name at the rally in Ahmedabad.
Priyanka said the upcoming election was nothing less than the Independence movement and urged people to make the right decision, ask the right questions.
“This nation is based on love and brotherhood. It is sad at what is happening in the country these days. There is no bigger patriotism than awareness. Your awareness is a weapon. It is a weapon that will not hurt or harm anyone. It is a weapon that will strengthen you,” she said.
“Think and decide – those who talk big in front of you, where are the jobs they promised? What about the Rs. 15 lakh in every bank account that they talked about? What about women’s safety?” she said.
Giant cutouts of her grandmother Indira Gandhi at the venue in Gandhinagar reminded many in the crowds of her striking resemblance to the former prime minister.
“Those who talk about fitrat (nature), the fitrat of this country is to seek the truth, the fitrat of this nation is to blow away the winds of hate with love,” said the 47-year-old, using a word that PM Modi had used quite recently.