Mayawati-Akhilesh duo has shaken up the Congress party, first by excluding it from Uttar Pradesh alliance and then by rejecting Rahul Gandhi's offer to field SP-BSP candidates for 7 seats in the state. Now, a fresh attack has been mounted on Congress party's General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in reference to her '3-day long Ganga Yatra'. Samajwadi Party's top leader Ram Gopal Yadav has claimed that Priyanka Gandhi is "nervous" therefore she is on a temple run in Uttar Pradesh.
"Priyanka Gandhi is nervous and therefore she is temple hopping due to her nervousness. People run to temple only when they are in trouble. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, Congress is in trouble", he said.
The attack from SP comes a day after Congress party's General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi offered prayers at the Bade Hanuman Temple and visited the Triveni Sangam on her three-day Ganga Yatra in the state.
During her steamer boat ride, Priyanka Gandhi met the locals and villagers to get an on-ground picture of the state as a part of the programme ‘Sanchi Baat, Priyanka Ke Saath’ before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, after which she will return back to Delhi on March 20.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh alliance partners BSP’s Mayawati and SP’s Akhilesh, in a strong snub for the Congress, said on Monday that alliance is strong enough to defeat the BJP in politically important Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, however, Priyanka Gandhi is still singing a different song. According to her, the SP-BSP is still fighting with Congress to defeat their 'common' rival: BJP.
"Hum yeh chunav laad rahe hai, akele laad rahe hai. Hume kisisey koi parheez nahi hai. Hum kisiko disturb nahi karna chatey. Humara lakshay hai BJP ko harana. Unka bhi vohi lakshay hai. Toh hum saath satth ekathey laad rahe hai. (We are fighting this election on our own. We are not restricting anyone and we are not here to disturb anyone. Our aim is to defeat BJP and even they (SP-BSP) want to. So, we are fighting together to achieve this", she said.