Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday has expressed that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's arrival into politics will make "no difference" to the BJP's Lok Sabha poll prospects in the state and dismissed the SP-BSP alliance as "false alarm".
"The Congress has made her (Priyanka) its general secretary (in-charge of eastern UP) this time. It is an internal matter of that party.
"Earlier too she had campaigned for the Congress. This time also it will make no difference (to the BJP)," he told PTI.
Adityanath also claimed that the "fledgling" SP-BSP alliance is already "embroiled in dispute".
"The newfound alliance is already embroiled in a dispute. It (alliance) is nothing but a 'hauaa' (false alarm)," he said in his first interview after the Lok Sabha poll schedule was announced Sunday.
In her first-ever speech since officially joining politics, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra set the record straight with a short address at a rally in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Tuesday.
The younger of the Gandhi siblings, who was in January appointed as the Congress' General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East), demanded the people of this country to vote carefully on issues which matter, and pay no heed to unwanted issues.
In the presence of her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, she expressed her satisfaction for coming to Gujarat for the first time and visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, from where Mahatma Gandhi began his Dandi march.
Priyanka then spoke of the upcoming General Elections by stating that the country is currently going a tough time under the BJP regime and spoke about what people should do to secure their future.
"Your vote is a weapon, but it is a weapon through which no one should be hurt or wounded. It is a weapon which we make the people strong. People have to deeply think about what they are going to choose. They are going to choose their future. Unwanted issues should not be raised, but only the issues like jobs for youths, women empowerment, farmer issues should be raised," she said.
She then demanded answers from the BJP government, asking the citizens of India to question those in power about the promises they made during the previous elections.
"Please think a lot before taking the decision. The leaders who talk a lot, make promises, ask them questions. Ask where are the 2 crore jobs promised. Ask them where is the Rs 15 lakh in your account. The ones who spoke about the safety of women, ask them if they did anything in the last five years. Ask the right questions. In the next two months, several unwanted issues will be raised. But your awareness will make this country. This is your responsibility. The love for your nation should be seen from here. From the land where Gandhi ji raised the voice against hatred, I would like people to raise their voice against those who talk about the nature of the nation," Priyanka Gandhi added.