Priyanka Gandhi Tweets And Appeals People To Read Congress' Manifesto

Priyanka Gandhi Tweets And Appeals People To Read Congress

Priyanka Gandhi Tweets And Appeals People To Read Congress' Manifesto (file image)

New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the leader of the Congress party, who participated in full-time politics this year, had a word of advice for young people on a day when her party released its manifesto for the national election that begins next week.

The party's manifesto published in a paperback like format, titled "Congress Will Deliver" in a bold, white font printed over a photo of a sea of people. It also has a smiling portrait of party chief Rahul Gandhi beside the hand election symbol.

"I urge everyone, especially young people and 1st time voters - Please read our manifesto. Make this election about real issues," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

Congress had earlier this year stunned everyone by announcing Priyanka Gandhi's entry into active politics. She is leading  the party's battle formation in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is located, was welcomed by Congress workers in the state where it is struggling to claw back to prominence.

Priyanka, similar to her brother Rahul Gandhi has often broadcasted herself as a leader the young can depend on. The Congress is looking to pre-empt any rolling benefits of the Modi government's cash transfer scheme - Rs. 6,000 a year in three equal instalments - announced in this year's interim national budget, with its promise of crediting Rs. 72,000 a year to the poorest of the poor.

Though the Congress's thrust is definitely on the minimum income guarantee "NYAY" promise for the poor, the party indicated it has not forgotten the middle class voters.

Rahul Gandhi, at the launch of the manifesto today accompanied by  his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, said he will simplify the Goods and Services Tax if the Congress was voted to power.

"When we started a year ago, I made it clear that nothing in this can be a lie, because we live in a time where we hear a large number of lies every day," Rahul Gandhi said.

The Bhartiya Janata Party attacked the Congress for releasing what the ruling party called "un-implementable and dangerous promises". Following the manifesto launch, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a press conference and claimed to have spotted gaping holes in the Congress's manifesto.

"I am sure the county is not in a mood to oblige, for implementing the kind of promises contained in this manifesto. Some of the ideas are positively dangerous," Mr Jaitley told reporters.