onia Gandhi is upset with the cover page of the Congress manifesto that was released on Tuesday in New Delhi.
According to sources, just before getting up on the stage to release the manifesto, Sonia Gandhi gave a dressing-down to party leader Rajeev Gowda, who is also the AICC research department head.
Before she took the stage, Sonia Gandhi was seen making animated gestures at Rajeev Gowda who tried to explain himself. But Sonia Gandhi remained unconvinced.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi who didn’t take any questions at the manifesto launch event on Tuesday, looked upset throughout the event and refused to interact with the audience while other senior party leaders like Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram took the mic.
Sources told India Today TV Sonia was unimpressed with the cover image of the manifesto which is a photograph of a huge crowd of people. The cover also bears the images of Congress’s hand symbol along with Rahul Gandhi’s image at the bottom.
On top of the page, there is the title of the manifesto written in a huge font. It says, ‘Congress will deliver’.
Sonia Gandhi was not happy with the smaller size of the images of Rahul Gandhi and the hand symbol.
Upset, the veteran Congress leader did not take any questions at the event even when Rahul Gandhi asked party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala to allow other leaders to interact with the media.
Congress released its list of promises for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in a big event on Tuesday. The manifesto has been drafted by a committee led by former Union minister P Chidambaram.
Rahul Gandhi has made jobs creation, farm distress, GST modifications and Rs 72,000 per annum income support to poor families key focus for the party’s election promise.
In the 55-page document, the Congress has also promised to come out with separate budget for farmers, fill up 22 lakh government vacancies, allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, assured 50 more days of guaranteed jobs from current 100 under the MNREGA, boosting healthcare infrastructure and enhance safety of women.