Unnao: Priyanka shown black flags by Hindu Yuva Vahini workers
On Saturday, Congress' star-campaigner Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was shown black flags by the workers of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, during her roadshow in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, some of these workers were thrashed by people present in the roadshow. Two of them had to seek refuge at a police station. The in-charge for the party in UP East was campaigning for Annu Tandon.
For the uninitiated, Hindu Yuva Vahini is an outfit formed by Yogi Adityanath, before he became the Chief Minister of UP. The outfit enjoys a lot of influence in eastern UP. Speaking at the roadshow, Priyanka claimed PM Narendra Modi has become disconnected with ground realities. Separately, at the Jhandeswar crossing, some people also waved saffron flags at Priyanka, and she just smiled.
Priyanka started her roadshow from Shastri Park after garlanding a statue of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. As she canvassed through lanes, she was showered with petals. She also allowed young girls to take selfies with her. Priyanka said PM Modi paid no attention to what people said and for the last five years, his government fooled people by talking about achievements.
"The situation is like a patient in a hospital who doesn't feel good despite being given medicines. He (PM Modi) should go and ask the people about the achievements of his government in the last five years, he will get the truth," said Priyanka.
Meanwhile, Congress' candidate Annu will be locking horns with sitting MP Sakshi Maharaj in Unnao, which goes for votes on Monday. Initially, SP fielded Pooja Lal, a well-known OBC leader from the seat, but later replaced her with Anna Maharaj. Annu dismissed reports that SP dropped Pooja to make the fight two-way. She claimed Pooja's candidature had some technical issues.
2 lakh voters of Lodhi community OBCs and an equal number of Muslims along with OBC Pal community constitute the Unnao seat. Some 80,000 Brahmins will also vote. Locals feel the fight is essentially between Congress and BJP. In 2014, Sakshi Maharaj, who is known for his controversial statements, won Unnao with a margin of over 3 lakh votes. SP's Arun Shankar came second.