Priyanka Gandhi has not yet said yes to campaign in UP, says Congress leader

"As of now, she has not said 'yes'..But we are confident that she will agree," said Rajya Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh Congress campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published:November 19, 2016 5:14 pm
Priyanka gandhi, Congress UP polls, Priyanka Gandhi UP polls, Congress priyanka UP polls, Priyanka UP polls Priyanka Gandhi and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi attended the party’s strategy meeting on Uttar Pradesh elections here on Friday.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has not yet given her consent to campaign in Uttar Pradesh, though the party is hopeful she will agree to their request, party Rajya Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh Congress campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh said on Saturday. “We have been requesting her to campaign for a long time now. We are hopeful that she will give her consent to campaign,” Singh told IANS. “And when she gives her consent, we’ll let everyone know the plan,” he added. “As of now, she has not said ‘yes’..But we are confident that she will agree.” Asked about media reports saying that Priyanka will play a “major role” in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year, he said: “I am not saying it is ‘incorrect or correct’.”

Priyanka and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi attended the party’s strategy meeting on Uttar Pradesh elections here on Friday. Priyanka had attended the party’s strategy meeting on UP assembly elections in the past as well. Asked if anything has been finalised on the selection of candidates for the assembly polls in UP, Singh said: “The process is going on. Very soon we’ll announce the list.”

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“If it becomes necessary to announce anything, we will do it at that very moment,” Singh said without giving further details. He also said that the next strategy meeting will be held after November 22. Asked about Congress’ polls strategist Prashant Kishor’s fate, Singh declined to say anything and said that only party General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad can comment.

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On November 21, party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka will be in Allahabad to attend a photo exhibition on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s life to mark her birth centenary anniversary celebrations. Priyanka Gandhi has so far confined her electoral campaigning to constituencies of her mother and brother Rahul Gandhi (Rae Bareli and Amethi).

Congress has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for over three decades. The party has also not won any major state assembly poll since its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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    avi
    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm
    She should live and enjoy the fortune that the dynasty has hidden away for decades along with the money looted by Robber Vadra. Unless she wants to be on the rubbish heap of politics.
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      Nabarun
      Nov 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm
      She probably is the last hope of Congress. This is volatile time. No one can face Modi now. He is invincible. She and Congress can only hope and pray that Modi lose shine somewhat somehow and wait for opportune moment.
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        KS KUMAR
        Nov 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm
        Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na.
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          madan gupta
          Nov 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm
          she is planning to rent a kiosk at g b road delhi for night job. rahul will bring customers.
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            Narendra M
            Nov 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm
            Basic question is this: Is Ms Priyanka hi-Vadra going to be an et in forthcoming UP embly election? Apparently, the Congress leaders think she is. But how would the Congress party utilise the said et? Truth is that during last two decades the Congress has lost heavily in the Hindi speaking states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand because its organisational structure in these states has simply collapsed. Just by persuading Ms Priyanka to campaign, it is unlikely that electoral fortunes of the Congress party will dramatically improve in 2017 UP embly election.
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              rahul
              Nov 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm
              Congress is a sinking boat, no matter who is brought out from the family, She knows it well, so why go and humiliate herself?
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                ssn murthy
                Nov 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                Even if A.O.Hume happens to comedown and campaign for congress chances of returning to power are zero it seems.
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