As Congress continues its efforts to extract many political milage out of vicious Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the party’s secretary general Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has begun making sweeping floors. After sweeping down the Sitapur Guest House at UP three days ago, friday she was seen sweeping the floor in the Dalit area of Lucknow, surrounded by cameras.
Friday the Congress leader was unexpectedly visiting Luvkush Nagar, a Dalit constituency in Indira Nagar in Lucknow, ahead of the upcoming provincial elections. There, she visited Balmiki Mandir, picked up a broom and swept the floor to express her solidarity with the local people.
Priyanka Gandhi was accompanied by another woman cleaning the soil, and her fans sang ‘Priyanka Gandhi Zindabad’ while sweeping for the cameras. She was surrounded by Congress staff taking photos and videos of the action, with at least eight people recording the same on cell-phones and cameras. While some people were taking selfies keeping Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the background, others were taking photos and videos of her vehicle on their cell phones.
“These are signs of self-respect and simplicity. Crores women clean their houses with a broom every day,” she said after sweeping the ground.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress posted the video claiming that sweeping is a matter of self-respect, and they marked the official Twitter handle of UP CM Yogi Adityanath advising her to change her mind.
Apparently, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did this in response to UP CM Yogi Adityanath who was eager to sweep her guest house in Sitapur where she is being held. When reporters asked him about photos of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sweeping down a patient’s virus, the CM had hinted that voter thought he knew it. “Janta unko ishi layak banana chahti hai (people want to make him able to do such work),” Yogi Adityanath told CNN18 during an interview.
Congress has opposed the UP-CM’s comments, and UP Congress spokeswoman Anshu Awasthi said he was “afraid of hell with Priyanka-ji’s ‘Durga Avatar'”.
On October 5, he was stopped at Lakhimpur Kheri by Uttar Pradesh police, arrested, and taken to Sitapur Guest House. There, he was seen sweeping the floor of a guest house with a video that was already circulating everywhere.