Priyanka Gandhi Lucknow roadshow LIVE Updates: Monday witnessed Priyanka Gandhi’s first roadshow in Lucknow after her appointment as East Uttar Pradesh General Secretary. She was flanked by her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and West Uttar Pradesh General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia at the roadshow which marked her maiden visit to the state after being appointed last week.
After the roadshow, Rahul Gandhi addressed the crowd at Lucknow’s PCC office and urged people to topple the ruling BJP government in the state. Reiterating their agenda for the roadshow, he said that he has sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya to UP to contest and win the assembly elections, apart from keeping a strong hold over the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well. Priyanka and Rahul, accompanied by Raj Babbar and Scindia were seen waving at supporters atop the bus on which they covered roughly 25-km-long roadshow. Before arriving in Lucknow, she also made her Twitter debut.
Priyanka and Scindia will camp in Lucknow for the next four days, meeting leaders and party workers, while Rahul is likely to return today after the roadshow.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia are in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh today. Follow Highlights on Priyanka Gandhi's Lucknow roadshow
After roadshow, Priyanka Gandhi arrives in Jaipur late evening today
Rajasthan: Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives in Jaipur. Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra had reached Jaipur earlier today, for questioning in connection with a money-laundering case related to a land scam in Bikaner. pic.twitter.com/jKJvOQJhvP— ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2019
At Priyanka's first roadshow, Rahul does all the talking
Priyanka Gandhi remains mum after the roadshow, whereas her brother takes the centre stage and addresses the crowd at the PCC office in Lucknow.
Congress will fight in full power, with full resolution and to topple the present government in Uttar Pradesh: Gandhi
In conclusion to his speech, the Congress chief said, "The hollowness within Modi ji has been exposed in front of India, its youth, farmers and the common people. Congress has no shortage of issues, fight with them on these issues and see the changes Congress goes through in UP." He further added that Congress respects Mayawati and Akhilesh ji but we will fight with our best efforts in the state to change the politics in the state and fulfil the dreams of the youth in UP.
Rahul Gandhi urges people to raise slogans against PM Modi
Urging people to shout slogans against Modi and raising farmers issue during the address, said, "Today people from Air Force and defence ministry say 'Chowkidaar chor hai'. PM Modi ended the corruption clause to give Rs 30000 crore to Anil Ambani and loot people of India. 'Chowkidaar chor hai' is resonating throughout the country."
Rahul Gandhi addresses the gathering after roadshow
Rahul Gandhi addressed the gathering and says, "Priyanka and Scindia to raise ground level; workers to resurrect Congress in Uttar Pradesh while targetting assembly election. The entire team which stands here has the responsibility to ensure Congress govt is formed in the state. In UP, BJP should go out and Congress should be formed. "
Rahul Gandhi clears the agenda behind sending Priyanka, Jyotiraditya to UP
Rahul Gandhi lays down the agenda of today's roadshow during his address and says, "The aim behind sending Priyanka and Jyotiraditya to Uttar Pradesh is to form the government in the state apart from the upcoming Lok Sabha elections."
While aim is also Lok Sabha election but main aim behind sending Priyanka n Jyotiraditya to UP is to form the Government in Uttar Pradesh, says Rahul Gandhi. @IndianExpress— Maulshree Seth (@MaulshreeSeth) February 11, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi to visit Jaipur this evening
After her political debut which is marked by the 12-km long roadshow in Lucknow, Priyanka Gandhi is set to visit Jaipur today evening where her husband Robert Vadra is likely to depose before ED. Vadra who is Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law is expected to make a fresh appearance before the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in Jaipur in connection with a probe into an alleged land scam in the Rajasthan’s border town of Bikaner, officials said Monday. Vadra’s mother Maureen is also likely to appear before the central probe agency at about 10 AM at its zonal office on Bhawani Singh Road in Jaipur Tuesday. Read more
Rahul Gandhi raises Rafale issue in Lucknow
Nation's 'chowkidaar' stole money from Uttar Pradesh, other states, & Air Force. 'Chowkidaar chor hai'. UP is the heart of the country. We'll play on front-foot. Scindia Ji, Priyanka Ji & I won't rest until a govt of Congress' ideology is formed here: Rahul Gandhi in Lucknow
Warcry in UP: Rahul Gandhi addresses gathering at the roadshow
Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering at the roadshow in Lucknow alongside his sister Priyanka Gandhi who made her political debut today. During his address, he spoke to Congress workers and people who had come out on the roads and urged them to overturn the ruling government and bring Congress to power in UP. He concluded his speech by shouting, "Chowkidaar Chor hai", in a jibe directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, people are drawing parallels between Priyanka and her grandmother Indira Gandhi, thus questioning if she would prove to be a game changer for the party ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
WATCH: Video of Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi sitting on the bus to avoid mishaps with overhanging electrical wires
Video shows Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia sit on top of the bus during the roadshow in order to avoid any mishap caused by overhanging electrical wires.
Meanwhile, PM Modi also makes his presence felt in Uttar Pradesh
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also makes his presence felt in Uttar Pradesh as he is accompanied by state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik in Vrindavan where he is seen serving food to children after attending an event.
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik serve food to children in Vrindavan pic.twitter.com/WyJGfxkjpW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019
WATCH: Video of Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia at the roadshow
Video of Priyanka Gandhi's roadshow in Uttar Pradesh which also showcases Uttar Pradesh West General secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi. Scindia and Priyanka are on a four-day visit in the state, starting off from Lucknow.
#WATCH Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia and party President Rahul Gandhi, hold roadshow in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/ipMSlxaJyD— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019
Aa Dekhe Zara, kisme kitna hain dum: Jyotiraditya Scindia on Twitter
MP and Congress West UP Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is also accompanying Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi's roadshow in Uttar Pradesh. At the roadshow, Scindia took to Twitter to post a picture with a song as the caption.
आ देखे जरा किसमे कितना है दम,— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) February 11, 2019
जम के रखना कदम मेरे साथिया pic.twitter.com/6pTjBLrXJ9
PHOTOS: As Priyanka Gandhi made her political debut today, her brother Rahul Gandhi also joins the roadshow in Lucknow
Robert Vadra extends wishes to Priyanka Gandhi as she enters 'vindictive, vicious political atmosphere'
Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra extended his best wishes to the Congress leader as she joins the "vindictive, vicious political atmosphere." Handing her responsiblity to the people of India, Vadra wrote: "You have been my best friend a perfect wife and the best mother to our Children. I know, it’s her duty to serve the people and Now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe."Vadra is currently facing an ED probe over alleged money laundering.
Imran Masood who had threatened to “chop Narendra Modi into pieces” joins Priyanka Gandhi's roadshow
Apart from Priyanka, Rahul and Scindia, also on the Congress' bus are leaders Jitin Prasad, RPN Singh and PL Punia among others. Also on the bus is former MLA Imran Masood. Masood had grabbed the headlines for allegedly threatening to “chop Narendra Modi into pieces” ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Raj Babbar welcomes Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow
Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi were welcomed by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress President @RahulGandhi arrives in Lucknow along with AICC General Secretaries & Incharges UP East & West @priyankagandhi & @JM_Scindia for a road show across the city. #NayiUmeedNayaDesh pic.twitter.com/sR9DmIxGWr— Congress (@INCIndia) February 11, 2019
Challenges ahead of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Uttar Pradesh
For Priyanka, Eastern Uttar Pradesh is a crucial and challenging assignment. The Congress has been abandoned by the other anti-BJP forces in the state, and if Priyanka is able to deliver, to an extent at least, new opportunities can open up for both her and her party in UP and across India.
With Priyanka’s appointment, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party have signalled that they are willing and able to make an unhesitating, confident, and no-holds barred charge in UP. The Congress feels that Priyanka will be able to capitalise on the latent goodwill that the Nehru-Gandhi family continues to retain in many parts of UP. She is widely seen as a natural campaigner and crowd-puller who connects easily with large sections of voters. Her physical resemblance with her grandmother Indira Gandhi has been pointed out repeatedly, and the Congress will be hoping for a rekindling of the party’s old emotional appeal.
As Priyanka takes up her assignment, the two obvious parameters to measure her success or failure will be (1) whether, and to what extent, she is able to dent the BJP’s upper caste votebank, and (2) how she is able to impact the chances of the SP-BSP alliance. Initial answers to both questions will begin to emerge as the campaign picks up in the coming weeks, and will be visible in the response of voters as well as in the reactions of the SP-BSP and BJP. It is important to remember that contesting the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll separately last year, the Congress had cut into the upper caste votes of BJP, and played a role in the victory of the SP-BSP combine. Read more
Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul board bus, roadshow to begin shortly
This is Priyanka Gandhi's first visit to Uttar Pradesh after being appointed as the general secretary in-charge of eastern UP. Both Rahul and Priyanka were welcomed by party workers and leaders at the Lucknow airport. They will now begin the roadshow that will pass through the main areas of the state capital to reach the Nehru Bhawan office of the UPCC.
Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi reach Lucknow
Priyanka Vadra, Rahul Gandhi reach Lucknow. The 20-km long roadshow is likely to begin soon. The rally will start from airport and culminate at Congress headquarters
Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and party President Rahul Gandhi reach Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/vkxttSqDjw— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019
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Priyanka Gandhi debuts in a state seen as the country’s most politically crucial battlefield, and that has a storied history as the spawning ground of some of the most transformational political movements. Within UP, she has been given charge of the part which is most in the national spotlight and poses the more severe challenge for the Congress — Priyanka will be party general secretary of Eastern UP, home to the constituencies of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and, most crucially, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By paradropping a Gandhi family member in that daunting terrain, the Congress is exhibiting a daring that it has not been known for in a long time. After all, Priyanka’s political successes will be most visible here — so will her failures.
And then, the Congress must consider the third possibility — the debut of Sonia Gandhi’s daughter and Rahul Gandhi’s sibling may make little or no difference to its fortunes in 2019. She will be held answerable for the choices she makes. She must know that as her party tackles crises that will not be solved by merely invoking or flaunting a family name, she will be watched closely, unsparingly.
Why Congress chose Eastern UP for Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics
Eastern UP is central to BJP themes with the politics around Ayodhya, the religious significance of sites such as Varanasi, as well as the seat of PM Modi and the home turf of CM Yogi. For Congress, it presents a challenge as well as an opportunity to reclaim a legacy. Apart from Rae Bareli and Amethi, continuously contested by the family since Feroze Gandhi’s time, Allahabad is the seat of Jawaharlal Nehru, who comfortably won Phulpur thrice.
If 2019 is going to be remembered for defining the future of the two major parties, much of it could be courtesy eastern UP, where so many fortunes will be tested. Modi and Yogi would be looking to imprint UP with their ideas of India and meet the challenge of the latest Gandhi in the fray with new energy and strategies.
For the Congress, this opens the battle for UP, where it has a lot at stake. From being bystanders cheering the mahagatbandhan, it is now in a battle beyond numbers.
Priyanka Gandhi makes Twitter debut
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra opened her official Twitter account today. A statement released by the Congress office confirmed her official Twitter handle — @priyankagandhi. Read more
Rahul-Priyanka roadshow in UP: 'Dusari Indira Gandhi hai,' chants crowd
Ahead of Priyanka's visit, supporters have started raising slogans. Chants of "dusari Indira Gandhi hai," and "badlav ki andhi, Rahul sang Priyanka Gandhi" fill the air in Lucknow. (Source: Twitter/Maulshree Seth)
Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow: Tight security in place
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the visit. Special Protection Group personnel, who provide security to the Gandhis, on Thursday visited the UPCC office, party sources said. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar held a meeting of Congress workers Saturday evening to review the preparations for the roadshow, which will also be attended by All India Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev and general secretary Anupama Rawat.
Why are Congress workers excited about Priyanka Gandhi's Lucknow visit?
One of the reasons Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh are eagerly awaiting Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s arrival is the opportunity to directly connect with the party high command, instead of just leaders who claim to be close to the family. They are also curious about her style of work, and looking forward to a more decisive campaign strategy.
"Congress workers are excited about the visit of party leaders and we are awaiting to give them a rousing welcome... We hope that with her (Priyanka Vadra) joining active politics, the state will also get a new energy," chief state Congress spokesperson Rajiv Bakshi told PTI. "This is a very auspicious time for us and a good omen for the party," he said. Read more
'Chor machaye shor': BJP's dig at Priyanka Gandhi's Lucknow roadshow
BJP minister SN Singh took a dig at Priyanka Gandhi's rally calling it 'chor machaye shor.' "They're calling this road show but BJP sees this as 'Chor machaye shor'. Gandhi-Vardra family is out on bail. They can't hold road show but a 'Chor show'. People of UP, especially Lucknow,will come to see corrupt faces of those who looted Rs 12 lakh crore of this nation," he told, reported news agency ANI
Before Lucknow, Rahul Gandhi's stopover in Delhi
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is currently at N Chandrababu Naidu's fast in New Delhi. The Andhra Pradesh CM has begun a day-long fast in New Delhi seeking special category status for the state as well as the fulfilment of assurances given during its bifurcation.
Sharing the stage with Naidu, Rahul launched an attack against PM Modi calling him a "liar." "I stand with the people of Andhra Pradesh. What kind of a PM is he? He did not fulfil the commitment made to the people of Andhra Pradesh," he told.
Robert Vadra to be grilled by ED for fourth-time
Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi's husband and Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, Robert Vadra will be questioned for the fourth-time by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a probe into allegations of money laundering related to properties in London.
Vadra’s appearance before the investigative agency also acquired political overtones after his wife Priyanka Gandhi, accompanied him to the ED’s office earlier this week and said: "I stand by my family."
This is the first time that Vadra is appearing before any probe agency in connection with alleged dubious financial dealings. He is also expected to depose before the ED on February 12 in Jaipur in another money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam in Bikaner.
Excited to meet: Rahul Gandhi announces roadshow with Priyanka Vadra in Lucknow
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying he would join Priyanka Vadra and Jyotriaditya Scindia in Lucknow today. The rally is likely to begin at around noon and will continue from the Lucknow airport till the party headquarters.
लखनऊ आ रहा हूँ|— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 11, 2019
प्रियंका गांधी वाड्रा जी और ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया जी साथ होंगे|
दोपहर करीब 12 बजे, लखनऊ के हवाई अड्डे से पार्टी मुख्यालय तक रोड-शो का आयोजन किया गया है|
आप सभी से मिलने को उत्साहित हूँ| pic.twitter.com/H0yuBQvthM
'Jeans in Delhi, sari in UP': BJP leader's sexist jibe at Priyanka Gandhi
Ahead of Priyanka's visit to Lucknow, a BJP leader from Basti Harish Dwivedi created a row after he said that Gandhi “wears jeans in Delhi and dons a sari and sindoor” while visiting Uttar Pradesh.
In a video, the leader can be heard saying: "Rahul fail hai toh Priyanka bhi fail hai. Aaj aap dekh rahe hai poori duniya mai kitne chapemari ho rahi hai. Kitne property mil rahe hai. Woh koi vishay nahi hai. Sabko pata hai jab Priyanka Gandhi Delhi mein rehte hai toh jeans aur top mein rehte hai. Aur jab chethra main aati hai toh saari aur sindoor laga kar aati hai."
(If Rahul is a failure, Priyanka is also a failure. You all are seeing raids being conducted across the world. Properties are being found. This is not an issue. Everyone knows that when Priyanka Gandhi is in Delhi, she wears jeans and top, but when she comes here, she wears saree and sindoor)
Responding to his remarks, Congress state president Raj Babbar said, “There is no point in commenting on those who don’t give respect to their mother and sister.” Read more
'Waqt hai badlav ka': Hoardings put up to welcome Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra
Meanwhile, local Congress leaders and party supporters are excited about Priyanka's arrival in Uttar Pradesh. Hoardings of Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, have been put up along the route they are proposed to take. Banners on the route read, "Waqt Hai Badlav Ka".
Lucknow: Latest visuals from Congress office. General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General secretary for Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia and party President Rahul Gandhi are visiting the city today. pic.twitter.com/zwfUn5VJTq— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019
Congress workers wear t-shirts with Congress General Secretary for Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's face to welcome her ahead of her road show with Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Lucknow today. (Earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/29Q1xbKK8J— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 11, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi's mega rally in Lucknow
Priyanka Gandhi, with Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, is expected to reach Lucknow airport shortly. They will be welcomed by party workers and leaders at nearly 37 points in the city between the airport and the UPCC office, Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi told PTI.
Priyanka is also likely to address the public at Lalbagh area of Lucknow, where the Congress has taken permission from the district administration for its road show to make a brief halt. The roadshow will begin from Lucknow airport, pass through the heart of the city and culminate at the party’s state headquarters. Before reaching the Congress office, the Congress leaders are expected to garland the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on the route.
Priyanka will start her state-wide tour from February 18, meeting local leaders and residents.
Will Priyanka Gandhi change Congress' fortune in Uttar Pradesh?
Priyanka Gandhi's appointment was announced in January after the party said it would contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. While making the announcement, the Congress tweeted: “We’re fired up and ready to go!” In the past, Priyanka’s role in politics was limited to campaigning for Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul, who represents Amethi.
Listen in to what Priyanka Gandhi has to say to her supporters
Ahead of her visit, the Eastern UP in-charge sent a voice message to party supports inviting them to join her to form "new politics". "Namaskar. This is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. I am coming tomorrow to Lucknow to meet all of you. I have hope in my heart that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders -- my young friends, my sisters and even the weakest person, all their voices will be heard. Come, let's build a new future, new politics with me. Thank you," she said through the Congress' Shakti App.
Welcome to The Indian Express' live blog. Today's visit is the first time that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will come to Uttar Pradesh after taking the political plunge. The Congress has organised a mega roadshow in Lucknow to welcome the Congress leader. Follow this space to track the latest updates