The Pegasus revelations are abhorrent: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:

  • The Pegasus revelations are abhorrent. If true, the Modi government seems to have launched a grave and sinister attack on the Right to Privacy – constitutionally guaranteed to Indian citizens as a Fundamental Right.

  • This is an affront to democracy and has ominous implications for our freedoms.

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We are one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers in the world. Yet only 3.4% of our population is fully vaccinated : Priyanka Gandhi

We are one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers in the world. Yet only 3.4% of our population is fully vaccinated. Who is responsible for India’s confused and dithering vaccination program?

priyanka gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress

I have written to the Minister of Education summarising numerous suggestions I received from students, parents and teachers regarding the 12th standard CBSE exams: Priyanka Gandhi

I have written to the Minister of Education summarising numerous suggestions I received from students, parents and teachers regarding the 12th standard CBSE exams.

Their voice must be heard.

Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, COngress



Dear Ramesh Pokhriyal ji,

Much has been publicly said and debated regarding the holding of the 12. Standard CBSE exams in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have already expressed my views on this issue publicly on multiple forums as have many others.

However, I am writing to you today to put before you the views of students, parents and teachers who have interacted with me on social media platforms so that you may be able to better understand the human, emotional and psychological cost of holding these exams under the circumstances.

These children are the future generation of Indians. They have already coped with immense pressures in the last year of their schooling. For much of the year, their schools remained closed. the normal interactions with friends that children thrive on have been practically absent.

Many contracted COVID-19 themselves and many have lost people they love, family members and friends in this year of tragedy and turmoil.

The second wave has been even more devastating and traumatic than the first. The unimaginable pain we have suffered collectively as a nation in the last few months will probably be imprinted on the individual and collective psyches of our children for the rest of their lives.

How can we expect them to set aside all that they are witnessing and focus on their board exams

How can we, as the guardians of their future, refuse to hear their cries of help and turn away from their request to be heard?

In fact. how can we willingly put them in a situation that is potentially dangerous and life threatening for them?

Have we learnt nothing from events like the Panchayat elections in UP where the government promised that all COVID-19 rules and precautions would be in place only to subject teachers and election officials to crowded spaces where all caution was thrown to the wind?

Over 1600 teachers lost their lives for the very same reason that we are now imposing on students of the 12th standard – because they were given no choice but to show up in a situation that endangered their lives.

Below is a summary of messages from students, parents and teachers who have written to me in the last few days. I request you to please consider them carefully and ensure that our next generation is protected and safe:Students and parents overwhelmingly feel that appearing for exams in crowded examination centers is extremely unsafe. Some have written saying that they have vulnerable relatives at home – aged grandparents or ailing parents. They will be putting them at risk as well.

Many have suggested that as in other countries, internal assessments should be made for the students considering that the second wave of the pandemic has hit so hard at the very time when they were to study and prepare for their exams.

The very real fear and psychological trauma of the raging pandemic coupled with prolonged and intense pressure of the board exams can lead to sever mental health issues like depression, anxiety…

Many students and parents suggested that there should be a comprehensive strategy by which students should be vaccinated fully before sitting for the exams.

It is now too late to do this for this batch of students as they have already lost too much time. However. this could be the basis of plans made for students who might face similar circumstances in 2022.

The Chhattisgarh government has found some interesting and viable solutions to this issue. Some parents suggested that the CBSE board could follow a similar pattern. The exams could be conducted at home as open book exams, exam booklets could be picked up from schools or centers and returned after a set period of a few days.

This would enable students to give the exams in a safe and conducive environment.

Many students wrote to say that they have lost loved ones. some have even lost one or both parents in the last few months. It is cruel and heartless to expect these children not only to study and perform well in the board exams, but even more to to subject themselves to crowded exam centers at which there is no guarantee for their health and safety.

One student made the point that conducting these exams may encourage a third wave. to fact, experts have repeatedly stated that a third wave is imminent. They have also warned that the third wave might be more perilous for children and teenagers.

It is undeniable that children will collect in large numbers in exam centers across India if these exams are to be held. If infected, they will carry the infection back home to their siblings and other family members. Indeed. it is quite possible that the beginnings of another wave might develop from these circumstances.Uncountable children are suffering from trauma, anxiety and depression already.

Many have written to me saying how helpless and bereft they feel. They have been in this state of limbo fits months now, struggling to cope with disease, deaths of people around them and circumstances that would have been unimaginable for any of us just two years ago. It is unfair to prolong this decision any further and to cause them even more stress when it is entirely avoidable.

Some parents have also suggested that if the govenment forces them to endanger their children’s lives. then the Ministry of Education, the CBSE board and all those directly or indirectly responsible for such a decision should be prepared to be held legally liable for any mishap and/or damage due to disease or death that might take place as a consequence of their decision.

At the end of the day these are young children. It is our responsibility and duty to protect them. I once again urge you to reconsider holding the CBSE 12 board exams and to consider the above suggestions made by them very, very seriously.

It will be a great injustice if they are pushed into circumstances that endanger their lives when it is completely unnecessary and it will fist great pity if we let them down at this trying time in their lives.

Yours

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

The government should waive off GST on all life saving medicines and equipment being used in the fight against Covid : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary, INC :

At this time of the pandemic when the people are troubled and in search of ambulances, beds, ventilators, oxygen, medicines, vaccines, levying GST on such products is cruel and insensitive.

Today in the GST Council Meeting, the government should remove GST on all life saving medicines and equipment being used in the fight against Covid.

The Government of India owes the people of India answers : Priyanka Gandhi on COVID Vaccines

The Government of India owes the people of India answers.

Priyanka gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress

Dialogue sustains democracy. Why can’t the people of Lakshadweep be consulted?: Priyanka Gandhi

The people of Lakshadweep deeply understand and honour the rich natural and cultural heritage of the islands they inhabit.

They have always protected and nurtured it. The BJP government and its administration have no business to destroy this heritage, to harass the people of Lakshadweep or to impose arbitrary restrictions and rules on them.

Dialogue sustains democracy. Why can’t the people of Lakshadweep be consulted? Why can’t they be asked what they believe is good for them and for Lakshadweep?

How can someone who knows nothing about their heritage be allowed to use his power to destroy it?

I extend my full support to the people of Lakshadweep. I will always stand by you and fight for your right to protect your heritage. It is a national treasure that we all cherish.

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I have written a letter to Yogi Ji urging him to give relief to the middle class : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress :

The middle class is struggling with rising inflation, loot by private hospitals, electricity bills, school fees and loss of work.

Many people have to take steps like taking loans, foreclosing FDs, withdrawing money from provident funds.

I have written a letter to Yogi Ji urging him to give relief to the middle class.

It is insensitive of the UP Government to say that the list issued by the UP Teachers Association is false : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, INC :

It is insensitive of the UP Government to say that the list issued by the UP Teachers Association is false. The list released by the UP Teachers Association says 1621 teachers died while on Panchayat elections duty, while the UP Govt list has shown only 3 died.

The teachers did not get proper protection and treatment while on duty and now the Government is snatching away their honour too.

What is happening in UP is inhuman.. : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:

Bodies are floating in the ganga in Ballia and Ghazipur.

Reports are coming in of mass burials on the banks of the river in Unnao.

Official numbers from cities like Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Kanpur appear to be grossly under-reported.

What is happening in UP is inhuman and criminal. The government is busy image building while people are suffering unimaginably.

There must be an immediate judicial enquiry headed by high court judge into these events

It is impossible to fight Corona without implementing door-to-door vaccination : Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary, Indian National Congress :

  • India is the largest vaccine producing country.
  • The BJP government celebrated the vaccine festival on 12 April itself, but did not make any arrangements for the vaccines and our vaccination declined by 82% in these 30 days.
  • Modi ji visited the vaccine factories and also took photographs there but his government placed the order for the first vaccine in January 2021 only. Why?
  • The United States and other countries had placed orders with Indian vaccine companies much earlier. Who will take responsibility for this?
  • It is impossible to fight Corona without implementing door-to-door vaccination.
  • ‘What is happening in Uttar Pradesh is nothing less than a crime against humanity…’: Priyanka Gandhi

    Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, INC :

    Over 700 teachers have died in Uttar Pradesh, including a pregnant lady who was forced to attend polling duty for the Panchayat elections.

    These elections have been conducted in almost 60,000 gram sabhas of UP without any thought of the catastrophic onslaught of the second wave.

    Meetings were conducted, campaigning continued and the spread of COVID in UP’s villages is now unstoppable. People are dying in numbers far, far above the deceitful official figures.

    People are dying in homes across rural UP, and these deaths are not being counted as COVID because people aren’t being tested.

    The government’s actions are designed to cover up the truth and terrorise both the public and the medical community, which is working tirelessly to save lives.

    What is happening in Uttar Pradesh is nothing less than a crime against humanity and the SEC UP is playing along.

    We will be each other’s strongest support at this crossroads in our lives.. we will emerge into the light once again: Priyanka Gandhi

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – General Secretary, Congress:

    Dearest friends,

    My heart is heavy as I write to you today.

    I know that many of you have lost your loved ones in the last few weeks, many have family members who are struggling for life, and many are grappling with the disease at home, anxious and afraid of what is to come.

    There is not a single one of us who has not been affected by this scourge. People across our country are gasping for air, struggling to access medical care or simply to get the next dose of life saving medicine.

    The government has failed us all. Even those of us who oppose and fight them could not have foreseen a complete abdication of leadership and governance at a time as devastating as this. In our hearts, we too are still hoping that they will rise up and take steps that are imperative to save lives.

    But even though those given the sacred task of governing this nation have let our country down at this time of great crisis, we must not lose hope.

    Humanity has risen up to the challenge of adversity time and again. India has seen great pain and suffering in the past as well, we have weathered cyclones and droughts, massive earthquakes, famines and devastating floods, yet our spirit has not been broken.

    Every time we have faced a calamity, ordinary people, people like you and me, have come forward. Humanity has never failed us.

    Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers across our country are working endless hours under tremendous pressure, risking their own lives to save those who are suffering. The business community is diverting resources towards helping hospitals gain access to oxygen and other supplies.

    There are organisations and individuals in every village, district, town and city who are doing whatever they can to assist and comfort those who are in pain. This basic goodness exists within each one of us. By reaching into it at times of great anguish our spirit as a nation can rise into its true grace and power.

    This is a turning point in our lives in which we are being asked to push beyond all limits to find our own unlimited courage. We are being challenged to set aside feelings of helplessness and fear and stay brave.

    We are together as one in this fight, regardless of our religions, our castes, our class or any other distinctions.
    The virus does not recognise them.

    Let us show each other and the world the compassion and resilience that makes us Indian. We will be each other’s strongest support at this crossroads in our lives.

    By gathering up our strength amidst despair, by doing whatever we can to provide comfort to others, by refusing to tire and persisting with the will to carry on against all odds, we shall overcome.

    Out of the darkness that surrounds us, we will emerge into the light once again.



    India produces 7500 MT of Oxygen per day.. Oxygen shortage is due to lack of logistics to transport it: Priyanka Gandhi

    India produces 7500 MT of O2 per day, we are one of the biggest producers in the world.

    O2 shortage is due to lack of logistics to transport it.

    Govt has failed us. Why did it not make arrangements when a second wave was inevitable?
    There was time.

    It’s still not too late.

    For God’s sake Narendra Modi Ji do it now.

    Use every resource you have at your disposal to move it to where it is needed.

    People are dying. Every life matters.

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    Our education system needs to drastically alter its attitude and start reflecting sensitivity and compassion towards children: Priyanka Gandhi

    While corona is ravaging our country again, the added pressure of exams is bound to affect the mental health of children.

    Our education system needs to drastically alter its attitude and start reflecting sensitivity and compassion towards children rather than just talk about it at their conclaves and conferences.

    Right time for the government to arrange vaccines for everyone on priority: Priyanka Gandhi

    Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:

    If a free vaccine for everyone can be announced in the Election Manifesto, then this is the right time for the government to arrange vaccines for everyone on priority.

    The most beneficial step for the people of our country would be that everyone should get the vaccine.

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    I am really going to miss being in Wayanad with Rahul and all of you on Easter Sunday: Priyanka Gandhi

    Wishing all my sisters and brothers in Kerala a very very Happy Easter filled with joy and togetherness.

    I am really going to miss being in Wayanad with Rahul and all of you on Easter Sunday.

    Sending you my warmest wishes and a heartfelt apology for not being able to make it.

    All the very best to all our candidates as the campaigning comes to a close too.

    May you be given the honour of serving the people of this great state once again.

    Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:

    In 1921, it was Kerala Congress that first gave a call for a unified Kerala. In 2021, we are putting before you 50% young candidates: Priyanka Gandhi

    Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi addresses Corner Meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Speech excerpts via INC India:

    Kerala & Congress party have a long history.

    In 1921, it was Kerala Congress that first gave a call for a unified Kerala. In 2021 once again, we are putting before you 50% young candidates who will speak about the future of Kerala.

    What is the point of swearing to a Communist manifesto if you carry out a corporate agenda.

    What is the point of making promises to people during elections if you cannot fulfil even a single one of them after elections.

    Congress-UDF have spent many months preparing a vision document for Kerala. They have gone all around Kerala, spoken to different groups and created a document for your future.

    The Congress party does not believe in dividing you. Congress party respects your religion, respects your culture, it respects your identity. It respects federalism. It respects your voice and it respects your choice.

    Congress’ vision for Kerala:
    – NYAY Yoajna- ₹6000/month for poor
    – ₹2000/month for housewives (age-40-60 yrs)
    – 5 lakh homes for homeless
    – MSP for rubber, coconut, paddy
    – Rohit Vemula Act to end discrimination
    – ₹3000/month welfare pension.

    To check the hostility, anger and hate, which is rising in politics, we propose a peace and harmony department so that these tensions can end. This is your document, it is an articulation of your vision of Kerala.

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    Why would our farmers protest for over a 100 days at the Delhi borders if the three farm laws were benefiting them? : Priyanka Gandhi

    Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi addresses Kisan Panchayat in Meerut, UP. Speech Excerpts, via INC India:

    Farmers have been protesting for 100 days now.

    More than 200 of them have been martyred. It was the Modi govt’s duty to talk to the farmers.

    BJP govt has made fun of the farmers’ martyrdom, has insulted them.

    I promise to stand strong with our farmers, whether it is 100 days or 100 months.

    On one side, there are billionaires; on the other, there are our farmers. How can our farmers get justice in such a situation?

    Why would our farmers protest for over a 100 days at the Delhi borders if the three farm laws were benefiting them?

    When our farmers fight for their rights, no force can stand against them.

    More than 200 farmers are martyred. When Rahul Gandhi ji had urged in Parliament that two-minutes silence be observed in tribute to those farmers, not a single person from the Modi government stood up.

    I will fight for farmers as long as I am alive.