Hoping to lift party morale and fortunes in the run-up to the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has decided to bring Priyanka Gandhi Vadra out of the “family pocket borough” of Amethi-Rae Bareli for campaigning in other parts of the state.
Aware of the controversies surrounding Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra — his company is at the centre of a probe ordered by the Haryana government into alleged irregularities in grant of licences to developers in Gurgaon — the Congress is also readying plans to counter attacks from rivals.
Party sources said details on Priyanka’s campaign role will be firmed up once Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi returns from his vacation.
Here is how Twitterati responded to Congress’ decision to bring her out for campaigning in other parts of Uttar Pradesh:
Priyanka Vadra has sent all that cotton Sadis (saree) for dry cleaning. #UPelections
— Jayan (@jayancm) July 5, 2016
@BDUTT @INCIndia will be committing political suicide if Priyanka Vadra is put forth as it’s face in #UP . She has lots of baggage to carry
— Mihir Kulkarni (@MIHIRSK) July 5, 2016
Priyanka Vadra named as chief campaigner for Congress in UP.
1. Acceptance of Rahul’s failed leadership
2. Soft launch of PV for next LS
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) July 3, 2016
When Priyanka Vadra is referred as Priyanka Gandhi, it reflects the Indian ruling class’s medievalist conspiracy of lies and deception.
— divakar s natarajan (@divakarssathya) July 5, 2016
Media continues to refer Priyanka Vadra as Priyanka Gandhi.
The day is not far when Media will refer Robert Vadra as Robert Gandhi.
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) July 5, 2016
Priyanka Gandhi will be a full time politico but, it will hardly be a random announcement! Part of plan not trial balloons!!
— swati chaturvedi (@bainjal) July 5, 2016
Priyanka Gandhi to play a major role in UP polls.
Rahul must be relieved.
This time he won’t be the scapegoat.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) July 5, 2016
Priyanka Gandhi must be laughing at all TV loud mouth Congress Leaders & saying “Jo Karna hein Kar lo finally mere pairon Pe hi aana hain:)
— vikram sathaye (@vikramsathaye) July 5, 2016
Yes it’s time for Priyanka Gandhi. Why should Congress waste more time on Rahul when there are perfectly good Nehru-Gandhi genes elsewhere?
— greatbong (@greatbong) July 5, 2016