Priyanka Gandhi to play ‘major role’ in UP Assembly polls: Congress

A large section of Congress leaders believes that the party will gain immensely if Priyanka Gandhi campaigns across Uttar Pradesh.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 9:03 am
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Priyanka Gandhi will actively campaign for the Congress and play a “major role” in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls slated early next year, top party leaders said today. At a meeting chaired by Rahul Gandhi and attended by her besides top leaders at the party vice president’s Tughlaq Road residence, Priyanka’s role and her campaign schedule was discussed. The leaders also exchanged their views on the strategy for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and the fallout of the demonetisation exercise.

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Sources said that besides Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka, AICC general secretary incharge of the party in UP Ghulam Nabi Azad, its chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit and state Congress chief Raj Babbar were present. Some senior Congress leaders from the poll-bound state and its campaign strategist Prashant Kishor also reportedly attended the meeting.

The meeting was also learnt to have discussed certain differences between the state leaders and issues some of them have with Kishor. Sources said the meeting deliberated on the probable candidates as the party leaders present were also part of the screening committee. “She (Priyanka) is going to play a major role. Let everything be finalised,” UP Congress campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh said after the meeting.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar said, “It has been decided that she will campaign for the party in the state elections. She has accepted our request to campaign. Whenever we will get her schedule, we will use her time accordingly”. Babbar, however, said that once the election schedule was announced, there would be more clarity on her campaign plans for the state.

Earlier, Babbar had said Priyanka’s presence will give confidence and energy not only to the partymen but also the people across the state. He said if she gave enough time then she could campaign in all the 403 constituencies. In the past, Priyanka has not campaigned in elections outside Amethi and Raebareli Lok Sabha constituencies, represented by her brother Rahul Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi respectively. A large section of Congress leaders believes that the party will gain immensely if she campaigns across the state.

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    Jaxk
    Nov 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm
    Robert Vadraji should be declared the chief minister candidate from congress party . He has the stature,charisma,intelligence and also the wherewithal to win the Uttar Pradesh elections on his own strength .
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      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
      Nov 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm
      Sack of black money's are now useless piece of paper,---CONGIES have no other choice according to the headlines,---CONGIES will use robber-t Vadra kingpin as well.
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        Bharat
        Nov 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm
        She has skill and allowing her to lead UP election will give big boom to congress .. she will be match winner that for sure.. used her now for state election and by 2019 she will be strong compaigner of congress
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          Bharat
          Nov 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm
          She has skill and allowing her to lead UP election will give big boom to congress .. she will be match winner that for sure.. used her now for state election and by 2019 she will be strong compaigner of congress
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            Bharat
            Nov 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm
            Yes right .. she will serve that to bhakt hahahaha
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              AN
              Nov 19, 2016 at 5:35 am
              This is actually hilarious. whenever there are elections the Congress rope in Priyanka desperately, but as soon as it is over, it is Rahul who will become the 'chief'. It's truly shameful that Rahul has neither credibility or CALIBER to win the elections on his own. He will become one of those "heads" who sits and eats the the fruits plucked by others. Congress MAY have slim chance of resurrection if Priyanka will come to forefront and is given power, instead of ma and munna duo
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                avi
                Nov 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm
                This dynasty is not needed they should go home and roost ! Dynastic politics is being shunned all over the world, Donald Trump is the latest example over Clintons.
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                  Bir Chilarai
                  Nov 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm
                  Wow what a bonanza for BJP. They can go after jijai hammer and tong now. Congress Mukt Bharat getting closer by the hour.
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