Invoking her grandmother Indira Gandhi to whom she is often likened to, Priyanka Gandhi launched the poll campaign of her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday by describing the 2014 general elections as "a battle of two ideologies".
"All our schemes have been made keeping in mind the objectives that you should be strengthened. On the other hand, there is another ideology in which all powers are centred in one person’s hand...all government policies and programmes will be aimed at some selected people. This is a separate ideology," she said at a public meeting in Raseta village.
After campaigning for her brother Rahul in Amethi on Tuesday, Priyanka reached Rae Bareli in the early hours on Wednesday and met party workers till 3am. She started her day at 8am with an interactive session with the party workers at the Bhue Mau Guest House.
Priyanka told villagers that said she does not enjoy giving speeches but would prefer to interact with them. "Whenever I come to you, I feel like going among you and chatting with you. But senior leaders do not allow me to do this," she said.
She also took a dig at rival candidates in Rae Bareli. "You have 4-5 candidates. I do not know what their names are. I feel that you too also must not be knowing them," she said.
Several of those who attended over a dozen meetings in several villages compared her with Indira Gandhi and regretted the former Prime Minister’s defeat from the Gandhi bastion in 1977. "We defeated late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1977 elections and we have suffered. We do not want to repeat the mistake," said Ram Sevak, who attended a meeting at Bela Dhela.
Priyanka blamed the state government for bad roads and poor power supply. "The Centre built the roads and provided electricity in the villages. But the repair of the roads and the maintenance of power infrastructure is the responsibility of the state government," she said.
(With PTI inputs)