Can Priyanka’s presence in UP give a helping hand to Congress
After a series of decisions on organisational level which put the party in precarious conditions, Congress is now mulling over a plan to push Priyanka Gandhi as the prime campaigner in the upcoming UP elections.
Till now Priyanka has campaigned only for her mother Sonia and brother Rahul in Rai Bereli and Amethi during the Loksabha elections.
According to reports the details about the role of Priyanka in the UP elections will be decided once her brother and party vice president Rahul Gandhi returns from his foreign tour. The Congress is planning to start its campaign in UP with a huge rally in Lucknow or Allahabad.
But the party is undecided on the role of Priyanka Gandhi with in the organisation, with a large section demanding that she brought into the organisational structure.
But another set of leaders think that bringing in Priyanka in to the campaign at this time would be counter productive since her husband Robert Vadra is engrossed in controversial land dealings in Haryana. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the dealings of the Vadra’s company and a report is expected at any time. Congress leaders are contemplating plan to counter the allegations against Vadra.
The grand old party have not decided who should lead them in the most important assembly election before 2019 Loksabha elections. There were reports earlier that former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit may be made as the Chief ministerial candidate of the party. That proposal has now been shelved.
Election strategist Prasanth Kishore has earlier suggested that Congress should bring in Priyanka as the face of the party if they have to make their presence felt in four cornered fight.
Congress won 28 seats in 403 assembly seats in 2012 election with 3.03% of votes.
BJP has already declared that the main fight in UP will be between them and the ruling Samajwadi Party. SP and BSP are embroiled in internal feud and dissension. Two prominent leaders have already quit BSP.