Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on the second day of her Uttar Pradesh visit on Tuesday, met party workers from various constituencies in eastern Uttar Pradesh. She also took feedback from them about the ground situation, IANS reports.
Having cut short her visit on Monday soon after the roadshow to fly to Jaipur to be with her husband Robert Vadra, who was questioned about a land deal by the Enforcement Directorate, Priyanka Gandhi arrived in the state capital shortly after noon. She drove straight to the Uttar Pradesh Congress office, where she had lunch with party leaders and met party workers.
Apart from the regular political discussions, Priyanka Gandhi obliged the party workers by clicking selfies with them.
Sources said Priyanka Gandhi was closetted with a small team of the state office during her stay in Lucknow, after which she met party leaders from various districts.
The district leaders seemed to be in awe of the Gandhi scion and took to shouting slogans of ‘Priyanka Zindabad’.
What followed brought a smile to Priyanka’s face.
The party workers requested her to contest the general election from Lucknow, sources told India Today TV.
In response, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had a wide smile on her face.
For the unversed, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union minister Rajnath Singh contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Lucknow constituency and was subsequently elected as a Member of the Parliament.
Sources also said Priyanka Gandhi, throughout the meeting, focussed on the “goodwill” that the party still enjoys in many pockets in Uttar Pradesh.
“There’s too little time left for the 2019 general election. But we will put in our best,” she, sources told India Today TV, said to the party workers.
Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia were appointed AICC general secretary in-charge UP east and UP west respectively in January and took charge last week. They, along with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, held a grand roadshow in Lucknow on Monday, raising hopes of a turnaround in the party’s fortunes.
41 seats in UP under Priyanka, 39 under Scindia
Rahul Gandhi has placed 41 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the charge of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 39 parliamentary segments under Jyotiraditya Scindia, a party statement said.
Among the constituencies placed under Priyanka Gandhi’s charge were the key seats of Lucknow, Amethi, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Phulpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, and Kushinagar.
Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Pilibhit, Dhaurahra, Kanpur, and Farrukhabad, were some of the key constituencies placed under Scindia’s charge.
(With inputs from agencies)