Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday paid a visit to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad who has been admitted to a hospital in Meerut. The Dalit outfit leader developed respiratory problems shortly after he was detained by the police on Tuesday.
Priyanka Gandhi said she admired the spirit of Chandrashekar Azad and alleged that the government wants to “cripple” him as he has been raising his voice for the Dalit community. “He has josh,” said Priyanka, the Congress general secretary for eastern UP.
When asked if Chandrashekhar Azad will join the Congress, she said, “I have come here to see him because he is sick. Don’t want to do politics over this.” Congress general secretary for west UP Jyotiraditya Scindia and senior party leader Raj Babbar also accompanied her.
The Samajwadi Party has got Varanasi seat in its quota and if it fails to field a strong candidate, then we will ensure a strong candidate against PM Modi. If required I will myself contest against him,” said Azad.
Last week, Azad said that his outfit would field its own strong candidates against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Smriti Irani from Varanasi and Amethi constituencies if the SP and BSP alliance failed to do so.
Priyanka Gandhi is likely to launch the Congress’s Lok Sabha campaign in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.