Hubballi : Former Congress President and UPA Chair Sonia Gandhi launched a fierce attack against the BJP and Prime Minister Modi during her first electoral rally in the last four years in Hubballi. The senior politician responded to BJP President J P Nadda’s ‘PM Modi’s blessing’ comment by saying that the people of Karnataka do not require anyone’s blessing. “The BJP is threatening people and saying if the BJP does not win in the state, it will not receive PM Modi’s blessings,” she stated.
Sonia Gandhi urged Karnataka voters to support the grand old party while criticising the current administration on a number of issues.
Hubballi : Sonia Gandhi urged Karnataka voters to support the grand old party while criticising the current administration on a number of issues, including the 40% commission, Nandini milk, etc. Everyone must raise their voice against the BJP government’s “dark rule,” she urged.
Slamming BJP, Sonia Gandhi stated: “Neither Karnataka nor the country can progress till we get rid of the environment created by the BJP government with its loot, lies, arrogance and hatred.”
Making her maiden entry into the 2023 Karnataka Assembly poll battle, Sonia also said the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by her son Rahul Gandhi was against those spreading hatred.”This was the reason that lakhs of people joined Rahul Gandhi’s 4,000 km march”.
“Neither Karnataka nor India can make progress without getting rid of
the atmosphere of BJP’s loot, lies, ego and hatred,” Gandhi said in her
first public rally in poll-bound Karnataka, which votes on May 10.
She said,”It is everyone’s responsibility to strengthen our voice against this (BJP) government’s ‘dark rule’.”
She was flanked on the stage by Congress President M Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar who recently quit BJP over the denial of ticket and joined the party.
The party has fielded Shettar, a six-time MLA, from Hubli-Dharwad Central constituency, from where he had won the previous Assembly polls in 2018.
In fact, she did not address a single public rally even in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. On April 11, 2019, she only addressed the media persons after filing nomination papers from her constituency in Raebareli. Sonia, who has created the record for remaining as the Congress president for the longest time in the 136 years’ history of the party, had kept away from public rallies since December 2019.
She did not campaign in either the Gujarat or Himachal Pradesh assembly elections in November-December last year. Earlier in 2022 itself, she did not canvass for the Congress candidates in the Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand nor she campaigned in the Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya state polls held earlier this year.
Health issues of Sonia Gandhi are not the hindrances for her public appearance. However, this is ruled out because she has been active elsewhere. For instance, she regularly takes part in the Parliament sessions. As an MP from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, she raises matters of urgent attention in the Lok Sabha. She also addresses her party MPs as CPP chairperson during Parliament sessions. Sonia also travels outside Delhi for personal and partyrelated works. She addressed her party leaders twice at ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur on May 13 and May 15, 2022
One of her recent addresses was on November 19, 2022 at the Indira Gandhi Award Ceremony at Jawahar Bhawan in in Mallikarjun Kharge as chairperson of Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Sonia was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for several hours over three days in July in a money laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper. Sonia seems to be slowly and gradually withdrawing from active politics to promote her children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.