Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made a strong pitch for brother and party president Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad, from where he filed nomination for the Lok Sabha seat earlier this month.
Describing Rahul Gandhi as an “epitome of virtues”, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said, “Your future will be safe in his hands.” This was the first election rally of Priyanka Gandhi VAdra in Wayanad since Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from this seat.
She spoke at length about the her family during her speech at Wayanad and cited assassinations of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi (her grandmother) and Rajiv Gandhi (her father). The ashes of Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated by LTTE suicide bomber during the election campaign for the 1991 Lok Sabha elections, were immersed in a local stream, Papanasini, in Wayanad. Rahul Gandhi had offered special prayers on the banks of Papanasini earlier this week.
“I am here standing as sister. I am here for my brother. For last ten years he is working hard. He has been personally targeted. We have suffered a lot. I was 12 when my grandmother was assassinated,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra adding, “Seven years later my father was killed. Our family of four was deeply affected.”
She targeted the BJP saying the party made false promises to win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “Five years ago, a government came into power that was voted in with a big majority. In all their wisdom, people of our country placed their faith and hopes in the BJP government. That government, from the moment it came to power, began to betray that faith,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.