Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's first speech since her formal entry into politics has been the talk of the town for the past two days. Her attack on Modi government, her confidence, tone, demeanor and smile during the seven minutes long speech have all hit the headlines, but very few people paid attention to the very beginning of her speech.
Hitting the home-run from the get-go, Priyanka addressed the crowd at CWC meeting Gandhinagar as Beheno aur Bhaiyon (sisters and brothers) instead of Bhaiyon aur Beheno (brothers and sister). Her effort to put women first was noticed by her party's legislator Sushmita Dev.
"The speech of @priyankagandhi ji in Gujarat stood out for many reasons. I loved the fact that in her address she changed the order most people follow by referring to women before men ie beheno aur bhaiyon & not the other way around," she said in a Tweet.
"...and I thought no one noticed!!" Priyanka Gandhi Vadra quipped on Twitter. This was her third tweet since she joined the social media platform recently. On Twitter, Priyanka follows only eight people, including her brother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
"Meri beheno aur mere bhaio, aapke iss pyaar bhare swagat ke liye main bahut-bahut abhari hun. (My sisters and brother, I am very thankful for this lovely welcome)," Priyanka had said at the opening of her speech.
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Priyanka Gandhi’s speech was full of emotion. She urged voters to be aware of the right issues. Priyanka also took on the Modi government when she asked people, “Woh do [read 2] crore rozgar, Unhone apko vachan diya tha wo rozgar kahan hain? Jo 15 lakh aapke khate mey aney they woh 15 lakh kahan gaye? ("Where are the 2 crore jobs. What happened to the Rs 15 lakh in every bank account promised by them [Read PM Modi]?”
Priyanka, however, didn’t mention “PM Modi” once in her speech and relied on cues. Priyanka Gandhi used her speech to tell people that it was the “hatred” that people need to guard against.