Desperate to revive its fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, the congress party is increasingly banking on Priyanka Gandhi to turn-up as its star campaigner for 2017 UP assembly elections.
Till now, Priyanka Gandhi has restricted her campaign for the upcoming elections to Rae Baraily and Amethi, represented by her Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. But in recent weeks, there has been a growing demand from party workers in the state to push Priyanka into actively campaigning across UP.
The new Congress General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad also favoured Priyanka Gandhi to campaign outside Amethi and Rae Bareli for the state Assembly elections next year.
While talking to reporters before heading for a two-day brainstorming session in Lucknow, Azad said, “The workers of the party want Priyanka Gandhi to step out of Amethi and Rae Bareli and campaign for the Congress in the rest of the state. We’re hoping, the workers are keen, that she finds time to take on this responsibility.”
“I do hope that she will definitely campaign in some other places as per time available to her,” he added.
Recent reports suggest that even the star political strategist Prashant Kishor, who is heading the Congress strategy in Uttar Pradesh for the state elections in 2017, has also put in his weight behind Priyanka Gandhi to lead the election campaign for congress in UP. Kishor had earlier played an important role in RJD, Congress and JDU’s ‘Mahagatbandan’ win in Bihar and congress would be hopeful he can pull it off again.
However, Priyanka Gandhi has so far refrained from active politics but has extended her full support to her brother and congress vice-president. In Uttar Pradesh, Congress had secured just two seats in the last Lok Sabha elections.