1. Priyanka Gandhi’s first election speech shows she is no better than Rahul; here’s why

Priyanka Gandhi’s first election speech shows she is no better than Rahul; here’s why

Priyanka Gandhi conveyed with her speech today that a) She is not very much interested in politics and b) Even if she takes the political plunge, she won't be any better than Rahul Gandhi.

By: | Noida | Updated: February 18, 2017 1:59 PM
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Priyanka Gandhi’s first election rally speech in 2017 was disappointing. Much like the speeches of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, it was more rhetoric, less substance. And even some lies. Not only this, it didn’t appear that Priyanka was very much interested in participating or addressing the rally. Her speech lacked the passion of a seasoned politician as she barely spoke for a few minutes, as if obliging the party. Two more things Priyanka conveyed with her speech were — a) She is not very much interested in politics. b) Even if she decides to join politics, she won’t be any better than her sibling and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Prior to her speech in Rae Bareli today, there was much expectation. Congress workers, as well as sympathisers, hoped she would give a new direction to the Congress campaign. So far, Rahul Gandhi’s speeches in the state have failed to create any sort of wave, or even a ripple, in the state in favour of Congress. Had it not been for Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav’s popularity in the state, Congress would have been probably wiped out of the state even before the elections, unless, of course, it managed to bring paid crowd to its rallies. Reason: Rahul comes with a lot of baggage, of Congress’ own corrupt past during the 10-year of UPA government. When he launches personal comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his words end up as mere jokes, not political weapons to take down the charisma of the PM.

The Prime Minister has settled himself on a morally high position among masses in the battle of perceptions. Especially in states like Uttar Pradesh which has widespread poverty and constitutes mostly of “aam aadmis”, it doesn’t matter how low a politician stoop to attack the opponent. What matters is if he or she is seen in action or perceived to be the one who can act. PM Modi has an edge over the rest of his critiques in UP and Rahul certainly can never match him.

Read: UP Elections: With Priyanka Gandhi joining ‘UP ke Ladke’, will alliance’s youth plank pay off against old guard?

However, Priyanka Gandhi has been argued by many to be possessing the charisma of late PM Indira Gandhi. Many congress workers and sympathisers continue to believe that she can match and beat PM Modi in every aspect. After listening to her speech today, one can easily say that either she is a reluctant politician or overrated. During her speech, Priyanka did the same mistake which Rahul continues to do, and enjoys it as well — that is attacking PM Modi with personal remarks against him.

Commenting on Modi’s Thursday remark that he is the “adopted” son of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka said that the state doesn’t need an “adopted son” for development. Probably she forgot that the same state offered 71 out of 80 seats to PM Modi in 2014. Priyanka’s second swipe was against the PM was on the latter’s frequent comments against atrocities against women in Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka said PM Modi committed the biggest atrocity against women by making them stand in queues for money after announcing demonetisation. Drawing parallels between rape/molestation of women with standing in queues for money after note ban is the most foolish thing a politician can do. One could have expected that from Rahul, but hearing such argument from Priyanka shows she is no better than her brother as a politician.

Congress’ biggest enemy is not PM Modi or the BJP. Its biggest enemy is its hypocrisy and tendency to take the voters for a ride. This is what you would also feel when you would find Rahul complaining against underdevelopment in Rae Bareli, which has been Congress’ home constituency for several decades, or Priyanka calling note ban bigger atrocity against women than rape. One hopes the grand old party makes a course correction or continue to stagnate the way it already is.

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    Sam
    Feb 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm
    Old venkatraman doesn't get it.Disliked your comment for no good reason
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      Suchindranath Aiyer
      Feb 18, 2017 at 10:45 am
      In a country where a long nose pes for charisma, and where, since 1857, anybody who is not a European, a Eurasian or a British stooge has been an outside, what do you expect?
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        Amit
        Feb 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm
        Just like your English
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          Anish
          Feb 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm
          Sonia must be thinking "Mere 2 BAK-LOL ratan"
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            Venkatraman Shenoy
            Feb 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm
            And this "speech writer" is a great leveller!!!!!
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              Venkatraman Shenoy
              Feb 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm
              For the first time somebody in the Express gang has spoken like a true journalist.
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                Farhan Khan
                Feb 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm
                Both of them are s. However Modi is'nt much better either. He and his loyalists have been lying and letting down people left right and centre as well. Only good thing in this election is Akhilesh. Being from UP I can say that no one understands UP better than Akhilesh and these congress siblings are just feeding off his pority.
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                  meena narayan
                  Feb 18, 2017 at 4:51 am
                  Oh God she is DUMB!
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                    hareesh
                    Feb 18, 2017 at 4:22 am
                    priyanka vadras speech was good.seems this article is a part of mud slinging propaa.
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                      Narendra Kv
                      Feb 18, 2017 at 5:11 am
                      A strong opposition is a requirement of any democracy. There was a time when the opposition space had worthies like Rajaji, Piloo Mody, Ram Manohar Lohia, JP, Morarji Desai, Nijalingappa, Ramakrishna Hegde, Chandrashekar, Vaayee and Advani who could walk into a prime ministers seat. Indians today have to choose between Rahul hi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechuri, Thackerey and Priyanka hi and that is Narendra Modi's strength. One hopes that people like Nitish Kumar and Naveen Patnaik enter the national stage and evolve into national face for the Indian opposition
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                        Nayak
                        Feb 21, 2017 at 7:14 am
                        dear ranveer, what is your opinion about our soldiers death, who die everyday because of parties like congress and leftist support the people from other religion to make sure their votebank remains intact?
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                          AJK
                          Feb 18, 2017 at 7:56 am
                          SHE is BACK again>...Ohhh...BJP gonna WIN again, When we INDIAN can see the congress without any corrupted HIYANS ?
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                            paamela
                            Feb 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm
                            Mrs. Vadra's only positive side is her resemblance to Indira hi but people of UP and India are no fools . The woman herself is born from an Italian mom and is the wife ofa corrupt Vadra who amed wealth thru his connections, she now has the cheek to talk about our son of the soil PM Modi.
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                              Lalitha P
                              Feb 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm
                              Shouldn't the good congress leaders, sure there are a few, do away with hi family and take over reins of party.
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                                P
                                Feb 19, 2017 at 6:35 am
                                Both have to modify their speech at least on what the policy they are dreaming and how they are going to execute them for the people of UP rather than getting stuck in a queue that never moves. The real person from UPA to defend you is in perfect silence, hence take a stand "ledke" that need not answer the past performance. As far as UP is concerned, you have to justify another ladke Akhilesh on his past term where only you are forced to modify in your speeches to change from the original party opinion on Shilaji. Politics is a game learned by practice and experience from gr root level and 24x7 commitment.
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                                  Rajveer Singh
                                  Feb 19, 2017 at 12:42 am
                                  Dear sir, What is ur opinion on lies on jumlas, Deaths due to demonitazation the Works of CMs of MP,Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab?
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                                    Manu
                                    Feb 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm
                                    Well Said .
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                                      Sarwar
                                      Feb 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm
                                      It might be a good submission. Why isn't written for Mr Modi who also uses a lots of lies. Why do Indian media get afraid of ruling party and govt??
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                                        Sam Garg
                                        Feb 17, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                                        Priyanka and Rahul: dumb and dumber. Well written by the writer
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                                          shantanu
                                          Feb 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                                          Looks like the siblings use the same speech writer!
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                                            shib
                                            Feb 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                                            Good. Why only y family should be have all. Its y sibling who sing the end of the Congress era.
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