Priyanka meets anti-CAA activists in Varanasi, says govt acting against ConstitutionPTI | Varanasi | Updated: 10-01-2020 19:59 IST | Created: 10-01-2020 19:59 IST
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday visited the prime minister’s constituency to meet anti-CAA activists, continuing her campaign in Uttar Pradesh against the amended citizenship law and accusing the government of acting against the Constitution. The visit to Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected twice to the Lok Sabha, follows similar trips in the state by her to meet victims of alleged police brutality during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“They were holding a peaceful protest and yet they were put behind bars and kept there for 15 days. Serious charges were levelled against them. Lots of injustice has been done," Priyanka Gandhi, who is the Congress general secretary in charge of eastern UP, said. “I am very proud of their struggle, and they will continue to do so as they are raising their voice for the country. What this government is doing is against the Constitution. It is an act to break the Constitution and the country. These kids are standing against it and I am thankful to them," she added.
Priyanka singled out couple Ekta Shekar Singh and Ravi Shekhar while praising the activists. The two were arrested and later released on bail. "Ekataji's little daughter was waiting for her (to return from jail),” she said.
She also met Dalit worker Anup Shramik, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) students, and members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI). Varanasi saw anti-CAA protests on December 19 when several activists, including BHU students, were arrested.
Priyanka Gandhi offered prayers at Sant Ravidas temple and Kashi Vishwanath temple. She also undertook a boat ride to reach Shri Vidya Math and met those held "illegally and lodged in jail by the Yogi Adityanath government," a Congress statement said.
Accompanied by state Congress leaders, she waved at party workers who raised slogans and followed her on other boats. She also met the NSUI members who won the recent student union elections at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University.
This was Priyanka Gandhi’s fourth visit to Varanasi after becoming a party general secretary last year.