PTI, AYODHYA: A day after hinting that she is not averse to contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked him for “ignoring” his own Varanasi constituency.
On Thursday night, reacting to a suggestion from a party worker that she should fight the elections from her mother Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli constituency, Priyanka Gandhi had quipped, “Shouldn't I fight from Varanasi?”
She fuelled more speculation on this possibility on Friday by targeting Modi over the state of the constituency that sent him to Parliament in 2014.
But when reporters asked her a direct question, she said, “If the party tells me, I will fight from anywhere.”
At a “nukkad sabha” – street corner meeting -- in Ayodhya, she lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, calling it “pro-rich”, “anti-farmer” and against the interests of the armed forces.
Referring to her own recent visit to Varanasi, Priyanka Gandhi said she was told about the road from the airport to the city when she asked about “development” in the area.
She claimed only 15 km of a 150-km road sanctioned by the previous Congress government has been built there, and when people drive away from the airport it is full of potholes.
Claiming Modi did not care about Varanasi, she said, "I was told that in the past five years he has not visited even a single village in his own constituency though he has been travelling all over the country and abroad."
She was expected to visit the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya, but planned to keep away from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Earlier during this campaign trip, the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, visited the family bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli which have elected party president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.