Lucknow: The secret is out finally. Priyanka Gandhi was instrumental in the Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance for the UP polls. Priyanka reportedly intervened after the alliance talks had almost failed. However, UP Chief Minister and SP President Akhilesh Yadav refused to comment on talks with Priyanka, but while speaking at the News24 Conclave- UP Manthan, veteran Congress leader Rajeev Shukla confirmed Priyanka's role.
"Priyanka Gandhi played a key role in Cong-SP alliance in UP," Rajeev Shukla said. Speaking at the same event later, Akhilesh refused to take Priyanka's name, but said, " Whoever ensured the alliance, the person did a good job. This alliance will ensure defeat of communal forces." The UP CM added that he expects the alliance to win over 300 seats.
Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi government Rajeev Shukla said that the Central government has been all about false and unkept promises. Rajeev Shukla said that the Modi government has been spreading false propoganda about the state of economy during the UPA regime. Citing one example, he said that when UPA government's tenure ended the dollar was at 55 level, under Modi regime the rupee has fallen to 70 level, that is, a dollar now fetches almost Rs 70. He further added that the government has failed to reign in prices, and that Pakistan has become more belligerent over the last few years. (News24Bureau)