Vastavam web: Priyanka Gandhi was made party’s general secretary because the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has “flopped” in politics, said an Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Sunday. UP Power Minister Srikant Sharma also asserted that induction of the party president’s sister would not be able to revive the Congress’ electoral fortunes. Had Rahul not flopped, where was the need for bringing Priyanka? Sharma asked in reply to a reporter’s question on Priyanka Gandhi’s possible impact in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
Sharma said the elimination of Congress from SP-BSP alliance is a testimony to the fact that the party is at the lowest step in the state politics. “The way Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working for for poor, labourers, peasants etc., it would be difficult to penetrate his fort,” said the minister. Sharma also sought to downplay the importance of grand alliance among the anti-BJP parties, terming it as a “caucus of corrupt”.
Mahagathabandhan (grand alliance) is nothing but a caucus of corrupt people, made to protect themselves from being exposed. It has nothing to do for the poor, farmers, and labourers,” Sharma said, when asked about the prospects of the ‘mahagathabandhan’ in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Similarly the property worth 6,000 crore of “Congress baby” Vijay Malya, who committed a fraud of Rs 9,000 crore has been confiscated so far, he added.
Sharma alleged that during the UPA regime between 2008 and 2114, a total of Rs 34 lakh crore of loan was sanctioned to Rahul Gandhi’s favourites, including Vijai Malya and Nirav Modi, while the total loan sanctioned in 60 years since independence till 2008 was only Rs 18 lakh crore. The banks were pressurised to reopen the freezed accounts of defaulter Vijai Malya at the behest of Rahul Gandhi, he alleged. The minister earlier on Friday had laid down the foundation stone for a 220 KV-capacity new transmission sub-station on Jait Bhartiya Road under Vrindaban police station.