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Attraction of Hindutva: Priyanka had darshan of Kushmanda Devi and Kashi Vishwanath before addressing people

Attraction of Hindutva: Priyanka had darshan of Kushmanda Devi and Kashi Vishwanath before addressing people
In order to counter the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday appeared to turn to Hindutva in an attempt to make a dent into the saffron party's core vote bank.

Sporting a 'tripunda' on forehead, Priyanka had darshan of Kushmanda Devi and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, before addressing a 'Nyay' (justice) rally in prime minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday. She didn't forget to inform the sizable crowd about the ongoing Navratri and that "she was on a 'fast'."

"Aaj Navratri ka chautha din hai aur mera vrat hai," (today is the fourth day of Navratri and I am fasting), she said.

Priyanka also began her speech with two 'slokas' which are chanted especially during the Navratri festival to please goddess Durga and asked the people to repeat her chant of 'Jai Mata Di'.

Earlier, before proceeding to the venue of the meeting at Jagatpur, the Congress leader visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple and paid obeisance there. She also performed a puja there for around fifteen minutes.

Priyanka also visited the Kushmanda Temple at Durga Kund in the town and paid obeisance there. Incidentally, on the fourth day of the Navratri, goddess Durga is worshipped as 'Kushmanda'.

Priyanka had in the past also visited famous Hindu temples in Saharanpur and Prayagraj, dropping hints that she would follow 'soft hindutva' to counter the BJP in the UP polls.

Addressing a public meeting in Modi's Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, Priyanka charged the prime minister with 'shielding' Ajay Mishra, union minister of state for home, whose son Ashish Mishra was arrested on charges of running over four farmers with his SUV at Lakhimpur Kheri last week.

"The prime minister was in Lucknow to attend a function but he did not have time to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, barely a two hour drive from Lucknow. Instead, he called the protesting farmers terrorists. His party's CM in UP calls them arsonists," the Congress leader said at the rally, which was held at Jagatpur in the district.

"Have you ever seen the police sending an invitation to a criminal to come for questioning? It does not happen in any country in the world but it is happening here," she said.

Priyanka said that her party would continue to demand the resignation of the MoS Ajay Mishra. 

"We are not afraid of anyone...you (govt) can put us in jail but we will keep on fighting until the minister resigns.....our party has fought for the freedom of the country...no one can silence us," she added.

The Congress leader also raked up the sale of Air India and said that the national assets were being sold for peanuts to the billionaire friends of Modi.

"Do you (people) know how much the PM spent in buying two aircrafts for himself?....16 thousand crores....and he has sold Air India to his billionaire friend for 18 thousand crore...airports, PSUs are also being sold to his billionaire friends," she said.

She also referred to the rising fuel and LPG prices and exhorted the people to oust the BJP government. "Look within yourself (people) and ask a question. Has there been any progress in the past seven years....this country is being destroyed," Priyanka said.