Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s political campaigning in UP has seen many interesting moments. Not only her statements of Congress being the ‘vote cutter’ party in UP have caused severe embarrassment for her party, her photo ops and empty road shows also have been a stark reminder of Congress’ slipping political hold over Uttar Pradesh.
In an attempt to mock PM Modi, Priyanka ended up scoring a massive self-goal today. Addressing a rally in Mirzapur, Priyanka stated that the people have elected the world’s biggest actor as their PM. She added that it would have been better if they had elected Amitabh Bachchan himself because neither of them (Bachchan or Modi) were ever going to work for the people.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Mirzapur: Ab aap samajh lijiye ke apne duniye ke sabse bade abhineta ko apna PM bana diya hai, is se accha toh aap Amitabh Bachchan ko hi bana dete, karna toh kisi ne kuch nahi tha aapke liye. pic.twitter.com/oYrtXdGuwS
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 17, 2019
However, Priyanka’s statement was a massive self-goal. Amitabh Bachchan was indeed elected an MP by the people of Uttar Pradesh once, in 1984. Ironically, it was Priyanka Gandhi’s family party Congress that had given him the ticket. Some Twitter users pointed out the fact to Priyanka.
उन्हें भी बनाकर देखा था कोंग्रेस से ,कुछ नही हुआ था ?? pic.twitter.com/baYBMw3BEm
— Woke Raja babu ? (@GaurangBhardwa1) May 17, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi trying to drag Amitabh Bachchan’s name into her political jibes is a rather amusing prospect also for the fact that Amitabh Bachchan had resigned as a Lok Sabha MP after just three years amidst the Bofors scam controversy, where Rajiv Gandhi’s government was accused of involvement. The names of Amitabh and his brother Ajitabh had surfaced too in the scam. However, Bachchan was later given a clean chit by Swedish Police chief Sten Lindstrom, who had led the investigations in Sweden.
Amitabh Bachchan had joined politics on Rajiv Gandhi’s request as they were close childhood friends. The Bachchan family had been very close to the Gandhis and back in those days, they were very open about the familial ties too.
In fact, it was Bachchan’s parents who had helped Rajiv in organising his wedding with Sonia. Amitabh’s mother Teji Bachchan and Rajiv’s mother Indira Gandhi were said to be close friends too.
Amitabh and his family were also among the special guests of the then PM Rajiv Gandhi when he had taken the now famous vacation at an uninhabited island in the Lakshadweep archipelago in 1987-88. The family of Amitabh’s brother Ajitabh was invited there too.
In her attempt to mock PM Modi, Priyanka has not only dragged the name of one of India’s greatest living actors, she has declared one of her family’s oldest acquaintances and her own father’s childhood friend, who was also a Congress MP once, as ‘incompetent’.