I am not like Indira Gandhi, but will work like her: Priyanka Gandhi in Kanpur

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I am not like Indira Gandhi, but will work like her: Priyanka Gandhi in Kanpur
I am not like Indira Gandhi, but will work like her: Priyanka Gandhi in Kanpur

Kanpur : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said that while she cannot be compared to the glorious Indira Gandhi, she will put all of her efforts to work like her grandmother.

"I am nothing in front of Indiraji but the desire for service that lived in her heart lives in the hearts of me and my brother (Congress president Rahul Gandhi) too. Nobody can take that out of us. We will continue to serve you, whether you let us or not," she said when party workers drew comparisons between her and Indira Gandhi at a meeting held to endorse party candidate Shriprakash Jaiswal in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur.

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, she said that the saffron party is only concerned about its own development and does not care about where the nation is going due to their actions.

"Governments are of two types... one that works for the people and those that care only for its own progress. The BJP government is all about publicity and showing off," she said.

A case in point, she said, was the centre's decision to extend one-rank-one-pension (OROP) benefits to armed forces personnel. "Is OROP really a gift or favour to the armed forces, or is it their right? The right of the armed forces is being publicised as a favour by the government. What is this mentality and who will change it?" she asked the crowd.

She also pointed out that there were many promises made on the development of Kanpur, but she is finding it hard to see any development in last five years.

"They (the BJP) said they wanted to turn Kanpur into a smart city, but nothing has happened so far. The youth are unemployed, and farmers are committing suicide due to mounting debt," she said.

The Congress, she claimed, was committed to working for the people instead of those with bulging pockets. "We have promised Rs. 72,000 per year for the poor, but the BJP is saying that there isn't enough money for that. And yet, they have enough money for industrialists," news agency PTI quoted her as saying.