United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, along with daughter and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, visited Rae Bareli on Wednesday to thank the voters for their support in winning the parliamentary seat for the fifth time.
While Sonia Gandhi held a small meeting to thank her voters for giving her a resounding victory by over 1.65 lakhs votes for the fifth time from Rae Bareli, Priyanka commenced her meeting with the losing Lok Sabha candidates and the district presidents of 41 Lok Sabha constituencies of UP east under her charge.
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking his name, Sonia Gandhi said that power had gone in the “wrong hands”.
She asked the party workers and leaders to raise the issues of the people with full strength.
Priyanka, in her brief address, asked the party workers to introspect what they had done and where they went wrong as only self-assessment would bring a change in the party.
Referring to the people of her constituency, Sonia Gandhi said she had always tried to look after this extended family. “Like every Lok Sabha election, this time also you have reposed your faith in me. I am thankful to each and every Congress worker and friends from the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Swabhiman Dal for the hard work they put in for my victory,” the UPA chief said.
“My life is an open book in front of you all. You are my family. I derive strength from you and this is my real asset,” she added.
She later had a dinner with over 3000 workers and leaders before flying back to New Delhi.
Meanwhile, sources said that soon after receiving her mother at Fursatganj airport, Priyanka returned to Bhuemau Guest House and held a closed door meeting with the district/city presidents of 41 districts, party candidates and district coordinators.
She first held separate meeting with the district/city presidents, then with party candidates and lastly with the coordinators. She asked them the reason for the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha election and their suggestions for improving the prospects of the party.
Another Congress general secretary ( UP west) Jyotriditya Scindia will reach Lucknow on June 14 and hold meeting with the Lok Sabha candidates who lost the elections 2019. He will also meet the district/city presidents, former MPs, legislators and office-bearers at the UPCC headquarters on Friday.