Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is being hailed as a game changer for Congress, will make her maiden visit to Uttar Pradesh on Monday after being appointed as the party’s general secretary in-charge of eastern UP. Priyanka will be accompanied by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the party’s western Uttar Pradesh in-charge as the three arrive in UP capital Lucknow.
The visit will sound the political bugle for the Uttar Pradesh Congress ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “I have hope that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders. Come, let’s build a new future, new politics with me,” Priyanka Gandhi told party workers and supporters through Congress’ Shakti App on Sunday.
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.
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.