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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First Published on: November 18, 2016 9:56 pm
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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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                    JayHind
                    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:43 am
                    It is hindu tradition to disrobe daughters and wife in public LIKE DRAUPADI'S
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                      Pillai
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 1:19 am
                      Congress should do some homework before inducting her for campaign. Her black hair should have grey lines from forehead to back. She should always wear saree covering head, instead of jeans and tshirt.
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                        seshadri
                        Nov 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                        So the outcome is clear now. BJP wins.
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                          KS KUMAR
                          Nov 19, 2016 at 1:03 am
                          Has she displa her skills anywhere so far. The only skill displa is her ability to loot the country along with her husband.
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                            KS KUMAR
                            Nov 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                            This dialogue has become stale. Congis have to invent something else.
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                              mahen
                              Nov 19, 2016 at 12:01 am
                              "Priyanka hi"??? Please correct her name to Priyanka Vadra or if you want to use her paternal surname then please use Khan! Her gfather was Feroze Khan, SON OF NAWAZ KHAN
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                                mahen
                                Nov 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm
                                Does mother India has no body else left except hi family??? Why time and again looking into this useless hi family, which brought nothing but misery - poverty, corruption, division on caste, religion lines, Kashmir problem (may be forever)? These so called hi family slave news correspondents should stop l1cking this useless family's feet, and start serving Mother India seriously. In 1.25 billion, only they see rahul the dumbo, no one else
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                                  Misbah
                                  Nov 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm
                                  Best Wishes to Priyanka !!!!
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                                    Priyank
                                    Nov 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm
                                    Priyanka divorced robert vadra? Or she just changed her name too loot India more for her husband like a chameleon changes its color
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                                      nikki
                                      Nov 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                      Madam just get lost, we dont want guests in India, we waited for you a long time, Why do you show your self only before Elections ??? just get lost, we are very angry
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                                        nikki
                                        Nov 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                                        We are fed up with Rahul and Soniaji, please dont spoil your name as it is this election will be won by the liers the BJP
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                                          naresh
                                          Nov 19, 2016 at 1:54 am
                                          Jerry Springer? Pig go watch your qurantv or ptv to know if you are a product of a human or a pig.
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                                            naresh
                                            Nov 19, 2016 at 1:51 am
                                            Seriously in need of Burnol to soothe your backside,swine.
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