Lok Sabha poll campaigns highlights: Rahul says Cong must form govt in UP

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the public and Congress workers at the end of his road show in Lucknow on Monday, February 11, 2019. Photo: @INCIndia
Both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday organised events in Uttar Pradesh as part of their campaigns ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. While Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rahul Gandhi were in the state's capital, Lucknow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Vrindavan.

During a roadshow in Lucknow that marked his sister Priyanka's first public event after being appointed as national general secretary with charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said he has told her and Scindia, who has been made general secretary for western UP, that their mandate is to bring a government in the state that will ensure justice for all. "Their aim is definitely the Lok Sabha elections, but also to bring a Congress government here," he said. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi on Monday served food to school children in Vrindavan, including the third billionth meal by the Akshaya Patra Foundation at the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir campus. Modi also unveiled a ceremonial plaque to mark the serving of "third billionth meal" by Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, local MP Hema Malini, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Ministers Shrikant Sharma, Lamxi Narayan Chaudhary and Anupama Jaiswal were also present at the event.   

6:44 PM IST The hollow promises of Mr Modi have come to light. Congress workers must fight this battle with issues that concern the youth and farmers. There is no dearth of issues. Congress party will fight to transform UP and the nation: Congress President Rahul Gandhi 

6:40 PM IST Modi claimed to have a '56-inch chest'. Modi said he wanted to become a 'chowkidar'. Two-three days ago, newspapers reported that Modi held parallel negotiations and cancelled the previous Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने कहा था 56 इंच की छाती है। मैं चौकीदार बनना चाहता हूं। 2-3 दिन पहले अखबार में आता है कि नरेन्द्र मोदी ने ‘समानांतर बातचीत’ कर राफेल सौदे को रद्द किया : कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष @RahulGandhi #NayiUmeedNayaDesh — Congress (@INCIndia) February 11, 2019

6:34 PM IST Narendra Modi said he wants to be a 'chowkidar'. The truth has now surfaced that he conducted parallel negotiations in the Rafale deal. The clause that enabled investigation in case of corruption was waived off by Mr Modi: Rahul Gandhi 

6:31 PM IST Congress will fight to transform UP. The party will fight for its ideology and it will fight with all its might: Rahul Gandhi

6:26 PM IST UP's youth, farmers, Dalits and the poor, all want a progressive government. Everyone has failed on this front and the only answer to this is to empower grassroot leaders: Rahul Gandhi

6:25 PM IST Congress should form the government in UP after the Assembly elections in the state. This is everyone's responsibility: Rahul Gandhi

6:23 PM IST The Congress party started from UP and it cannot stay weak in this state: Rahul Gandhi

6:21 PM IST I have given the responsibility of strengthening Congress party in UP to Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia. The Congress party must form the govt in UP: Rahul Gandhi

6:19 PM IST Uttar Pradesh has witnessed what Narendra Modi did for the last 5 years in the country. Youth are saying that Narendra Modi failed his promise to provide employment and benefited only people like Anil Ambani: Rahul Gandhi 

6:18 PM IST This is an ideological battle. On one hand, there is the Congress ideology of love, harmony and brotherhood. On the other, there is BJP-RSS ideology of dividing and weakening the nation: Rahul Gandhi 

6:11 PM IST Speaking about Mission Indradhanush, Prime Minister Modi said over 34 million children and 9 million mothers had been vaccinated since the launch of the scheme.

6:11 PM IST Prime Minister Modi also said that countries with fewer facilities were ahead of India in these fields. "To end this situation, we since 2014 have been working with new strategies in the field of vaccination, cleanliness and child nourishment and decided to conduct these on a mission mode."

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Modi's hollow promises have come to light: Rahul Gandhi

The hollow promises of Mr Modi have come to light. Congress workers must fight this battle with issues that concern the youth and farmers. There is no dearth of issues. Congress party will fight to transform UP and the nation: Congress President Rahul Gandhi 
Modi claimed to have a '56-inch chest'. Modi said he wanted to become a 'chowkidar'. Two-three days ago, newspapers reported that Modi held parallel negotiations and cancelled the previous Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi


Narendra Modi said he wants to be a 'chowkidar'. The truth has now surfaced that he conducted parallel negotiations in the Rafale deal. The clause that enabled investigation in case of corruption was waived off by Mr Modi: Rahul Gandhi 
Congress will fight to transform UP. The party will fight for its ideology and it will fight with all its might: Rahul Gandhi
UP's youth, farmers, Dalits and the poor, all want a progressive government. Everyone has failed on this front and the only answer to this is to empower grassroot leaders: Rahul Gandhi
Congress should form the government in UP after the Assembly elections in the state. This is everyone's responsibility: Rahul Gandhi
The Congress party started from UP and it cannot stay weak in this state: Rahul Gandhi
I have given the responsibility of strengthening Congress party in UP to Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia. The Congress party must form the govt in UP: Rahul Gandhi
Uttar Pradesh has witnessed what Narendra Modi did for the last 5 years in the country. Youth are saying that Narendra Modi failed his promise to provide employment and benefited only people like Anil Ambani: Rahul Gandhi 
This is an ideological battle. On one hand, there is the Congress ideology of love, harmony and brotherhood. On the other, there is BJP-RSS ideology of dividing and weakening the nation: Rahul Gandhi 
Speaking about Mission Indradhanush, Prime Minister Modi said over 34 million children and 9 million mothers had been vaccinated since the launch of the scheme.
Prime Minister Modi also said that countries with fewer facilities were ahead of India in these fields. "To end this situation, we since 2014 have been working with new strategies in the field of vaccination, cleanliness and child nourishment and decided to conduct these on a mission mode."

Modi attacks previous govts for slow work on child nourishment, vaccination, cleanliness

In an attack on previous governments for what he said was slow work in the field of child nourishment, vaccination and cleanliness, Prime Minister Modi underlined that not much success was gained in past. "Be it arrangements for child nourishment, vaccination and cleanliness, it is not that the topic was not discussed earlier. All these aspects were discussed... Several schemes were also launched. But not much success was gained in the past." (Read more here
'Chowkidar' has stolen public money and IAF's money. Through parallel negotiations and by removing the anti-corruption clause, Narendra Modi has helped Anil Ambani profit by Rs 30,000 crore: Congress President Rahul Gandhi


Visuals: Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with a child during the roadshow in Lucknow. The girl says, "I gave her a garland and she gave me a chocolate. Later, she returned the garland to me and said, 'Stay happy'.


While thanking the people of Lucknow and party supporters for the support to the roadshow, Rahul slapped his oft-repeated jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘Chaukidaar chor hai’, which the Congress workers shouted thrice in unison. 
Rahul Gandhi underlined Priyanka, Scindia and he himself would not rest until they dislodge the current BJP dispensations and install a Congress government of the poor, youth and farmers even as he likened UP to the heart of India.
Addressing a roadside public meeting in the state capital en route to the party's state headquarters from Lucknow airport, Rahul Gandhi said while Lok Sabha polls were definitely on the radar, but the party was also eyeing victory in 2022 UP Assembly polls as well. "I have tasked Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia ji (the former union minister has been made the in charge for Western UP constituencies in the run-up to general elections) with ending the injustice prevalent in the state for years... now we will play on front foot and not backfoot," Rahul Gandhi said. (Read more here)  
Lucknow: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congress President Rahul Gandhi pay floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Visuals from Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia's roadshow in Lucknow

Congress will play on front-foot in UP: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi in Lucknow: Nation's 'chowkidaar' stole money from Uttar Pradesh, other states and the Air Force. 'Chowkidaar chor hai'. UP is the heart of the country. We'll play on front-foot. Scindia Ji, Priyanka Ji and I won't rest until a government of Congress' ideology is formed here. 


PM Modi, CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik served food to children at the "3rd billionth meal" by Akshaya Patra Foundation in Vrindavan. PM Modi interacted with students and fed a student with a spoon.


Modi, Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik serve food to children in Vrindavan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik serve food to children in Vrindavan. 

Visuals from Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rahul Gandhi's roadshow in Lucknow.


Congress' roadshow in Lucknow: General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East), Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (West), Jyotiraditya Scindia, and party president Rahul Gandhi are crossing Transport Nagar. A cutout of Rafale can be seen at the roadshow. 


Raj Babbar welcomes Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow

Priyanka Gandhi was welcomed by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar in Uttar Pradesh


Robert Vadra extends wishes to Priyanka Gandhi

"There is a very vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it’s her duty to serve the people," Robert Vadra posted on Facebook


Meanwhile, Priyanka's husband Robert Vadra has arrived in Jaipur for questioning in connection with a money-laundering case 


Priyanka’s UP roadshow virtual launch of party campaign?

Congress is seeing Priyanka Gandhi’s roadshow as the virtual launch of party’s campaign in the state ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Listen to Priyanka Gandhi's message on soundcloud

Shashi Tharoor welcomes Priyanka on Twitter

Priyanka Gandhi has amassed close to 40,000 followers shortly after joining Twitter
Congress workers decked up key roundabouts on the route of the road show with party flags.
Raj Babbar is also accompanying them

15-km-long roadshow in Lucknow begins

The roadshow will move from Lucknow's Amausi airport towards the Congress headquarters of the state. Here are some visuals of the roadshow

Priyanka Gandhi is on a four-day visit to Lucknow while Rahul Gandhi is likely to return today after the roadshow
Congress office in Lucknow has been decked up

Roadshow in Lucknow to begin shortly

Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will soon begin their 15-km-long roadshow that will pass through the main areas of the state capital to reach the Nehru Bhawan office of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar, and BJP’s Mathura lawmaker Hema Malini has joined PM Modi at the event

Narendra Modi is addressing a public gathering in Vrindavan

Rahul Gandhi announces roadshow with Priyanka Vadra in Lucknow
Congress workers welcome Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi reaches Lucknow

Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi reach Lucknow

Lets begin a new politics, says Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday called on party workers to initiate a "new kind of politics" which listens to the voices of the poor and the marginalised.
 
"I have hope in my heart that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders -- my young friends, my sisters and even the weakest person, all their voices will be heard. Come, let's build a new future, new politics with me," she said in an audio message.

Priyanka Gandhi joints Twitter

However, she has not tweeted anything yet



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