Priyanka hits the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh

Congress` star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi asked the electorate to realise the strength of their vote and exercise their franchise for a change.

Updated: Feb 03, 2012, 13:43 PM IST

Amethi: Hitting the campaign trail in Uttar
Pradesh, Congress` star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked
the electorate to realise the strength of their vote and
exercise their franchise for a change in the state where
politics over the last 22 years has become totally "religion
and caste-based".

"Election is the time when leaders come for
electioneering of all kinds...I also come in your midst but
who has the wisdom to recognise the reality of their
candidates and the political parties...you...and take this
into account when you go out to vote", Priyanka said at a
public meeting in Balbhadrapur area of her brother Rahul
Gandhi`s parliamentary constituency here.

"Times have come when the people are not getting their
rights in their areas .. politics has become bad and become
opportunistic and moves ahead only because of division of your
vote", she said adding people and not leaders should be
standing on the dais.

Stressing that it is wrong that people beg before their
leaders, she said that in the past 22 years it has been caste
and religion-based politics in UP which has been dominating at
the cost of development.

Taking a stand similar to her brother, Priyanka said that
people from here go out of the state to Maharashtra and Kerala
to work as they are developed and now it is time to bring a
change here.

Endearingly terming her brother Rahul as "stubborn",
Priyanka said that when he had set out to campaign in the last
assembly elections she had asked why are you working so hard
as the verdict was not known, he replied that his aim was not
the verdict of election but was to change the state which was
lagging behind.

She said the time has come to bring this change and it
was not the prestige of her family nor of the Congress
candidates but of the future of their families and their
children.

"If Congress is strengthened and its government is formed
in UP, it would would develop", she said.

She said that situation has come to such a pass when
parties have to introduce their candidates and specifically
mention that they have not committed crimes like murder, not
snatched the land of people.

Priyanka would stay in the area for five days.

PTI