What Does Priyanka’s Elevation Mean for UP Ahead of Polls?

The Quint discusses Priyanka gandhi’s appointment as the AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was, on Wednesday, 23 January, appointed Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. The move is seen as a masterstroke reflecting the party's intent to go all-out in the politically crucial state.

The appointment also marked Priyanka’s official entry into politics, and is expected to boost the morale of party workers in the state, which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha.

The Quint’s Neeraj Gupta and Sanjay Pugalia discuss Priyanka's entry into mainstream politics. They discuss everything related to how and why Congress made this move, how the BJP will react, its likelihood of success, and how good of a leader Priyanka can be, ranging from her oratory skills to her connection with the people.

The Quint also discusses the hush-hush around the appointment, even after approaching top sources in the party’s office.

This development has put an end to demands within the Congress for a prominent role for 47-year-old Priyanka, Rahul’s sister, to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh which had been a Congress bastion until the mid-1980s.

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Priyanka, with two children and married to Robert Vadra, has always confined her role to overseeing campaigning in Amethi and Raebareli, the constituencies of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi respectively.

After the SP and BSP kept the Congress out of their anti-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the party announced that it will contest all 80 seats in the state.

At present, Congress has only two Lok Sabha seats of Amethi and Raebareli from Uttar Pradesh.  

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, was appointed AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana, the party said.

Congress said Priyanka will take over as AICC general secretary for UP East in the first week of February.

(With inputs from PTI)

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