Priyanka Gandhi follows in Rahul’s footsteps: Gets massively trolled on social media

By now, people await speeches of Rahul Gandhi with more excitement than the next episode of their favourite comedy show. It has become a pass-time for random, ordinary Indians to easily mock Rahul Gandhi for his hilarious statements and antics.

But for long, it was thought (or projected by media) that Rahul’s reclusive sister Priyanka Gandhi was the smarter of the two. She was projected as the hope for the sinking ship that is Congress. Even Congress workers had begun putting up posters in her support asking Priyanka to take the plunge and join politics full-time. Alas, Priyanka has spoken, and has proved the adage: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

At a rally in Rae Bareli, Congress launched Priyanka Gandhi to attack BJP and PM Modi, but alas, her utterances were once again the butt of derision and jokes on social media. First, Priyanka tried to attack Modi by asking whether Uttar Pradesh needed “adopted sons”. This was perhaps an attempt to bring the “bahari” angle, which worked well in Bihar. But social media users were quick to point out that at least Priyanka had no moral grounds to state this.

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Reputed columnist Ashok Malik had this to say:

Others chose to dig deeper:

Next, Priyanka Gandhi, in an attempt to woo women voters, asked why the Prime Minister refers to women as somebody’s sister, daughter, wife or mother. She further asked Modi to stop relating women like her to any of their relations. Priyanka may not have realised the obvious irony in her statement but social media users were ready to educate her:

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Some asked why was Priyanka suddenly distancing herself from her relations:

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Others reminded her of the time she herself bandied about her illustrious surname:

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But Mainstream Media was trying its best to cover up for Priyanka. The Indian Express had this fawning piece for Priyanka, calling her a “feminist icon” while down-rating the feminist credentials of women leaders like Indira Gandhi, J Jayalalithaa, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee. Once again social media users called out this bluff.

Columnist Rupa Subramanya had this to say:

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Others too echoed the same view:

In the end, this tweet perhaps summed up Priyanka’s performance. Better luck next time!

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