Sonia Gandhi attacks PM Narendra Modi over ‘achhe din’ claim in ‘personal’ letter, stays mum on SP-Congress alliance


New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written an open letter to the people of her Lok Sabha constituency – Rae Bareli – explaining reasons for her absence from campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh.

In her letter, the Congress chief said that representing the people of Rae Bareli and Amethi in Lok Sabha is a matter of pride for her family and that she has a special connect with the people there.

Sonia also came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, which, she alleged, was blocking funds meant for development of  Rae Bareli and Amethi.

Branding the BJP-led NDA government as anti-poor, anti-people, the Congress president said the present disposition is only working to benefit a section of industrialists.

While questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of ‘Achhe Din’ (good days), Sonia Gandhi
slammed his government’s demonetisation move due to which thousands of small traders suffered losses in business and the middle class faced umpteen hardship.

While acknowledging that the people of Uttar Pradesh gave a big thumbs up to the BJP in 2014 General Elections, she asked the voters to rethink before casting their votes this time.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has not campaigned in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections, mainly due to health reasons.

Sonia has not attended a single rally in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa — the five states where elections began early this month.

Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand have voted while staggered polling in Uttar Pradesh that began on February 11 will end on March 8. Manipur votes on March 4 and 8. Results of all the elections will be known on March 11.

This is for the first time in Sonia Gandhi’s political career that she has skipped election campaign for the party she has headed since 1998.

The Congress president was listed one of the star campaigners for the party.

She was expected to canvass for Congress candidates in Rae Bareli – spread over five assembly constituencies. But she had not been keeping well since August last year when she was taken ill at a public meeting in Varanasi. She also skipped much of the budget session of Parliament this month. Sonia Gandhi’s open letter was widely shared on Twitter and immediately became viral.