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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on last Sunday questioned the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of nationalism while speaking to reporters in Amethi constituency.

The Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh was reported raising questions such as “What type of nationalism is there in ‘main hoon Modi’ [I am Modi]? What is the meaning of nationalism? It means patriotism and love for the country. Who is the country? Its people and their love. If you have affinity only towards yourself, then what type of nationalism is this?”

Amethi constituency is represented by Congress party president and her brother, Rahul Gandhi.

“Arranging a crowd using the power of money and addressing them or sending a message to them is very easy. But, the real thing is to resolve the problems of the people,” she further added.

Priyanka also accused Mr. Modi of not visiting even a single village in his Varanasi constituency and not asking anyone about their problems.

“The ground reality is absolutely different. When you speak to the people, a different message emanates and I have never seen the Prime Minister or the BJP leaders accepting that message,” the Congress leader said. She described the policies of the BJP as “anti-people”, “anti-youth” and “anti-farmers”. “The menace of stray animals is very much here and the farmers are forced to keep a watch on their crops during night. There are still some places where electricity supply is absent,” she added.

She also commented that the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) an “apmaan”(insult) to farmers, while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares.

Comparing the PM-KISAN to the Congress’ minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay, Priyanka said: “On the other hand, the Congress has announced that it will give Rs 6,000 per month to the poor households (if voted to power).”

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