New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has made Uttar Pradesh his "special turf" and the party`s heavy reliance on him in the Assembly polls there would prove to be a "risk worth taking", Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said.
At the same time, the loyalist of the Nehru-Gandhi family said it will "not be the end of the road" for Rahul if the Congress does not perform well in the Assembly elections in the politically-crucial state.
The former Union Minister downplayed the presence of Robert Vadra in the campaigning saying he is doing it as member of the family, but said he would welcome the Gandhi
family`s son-in-law as an MP if he wins elections.
"Rahul Gandhi has made Uttar Pradesh his special particular turf. So, here is very visible there and makes occasional foray elsewhere," he told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN`s
Asked whether heavy reliance of Rahul in Uttar Pradesh would undermine the image of the young leader as it is a "high-risk strategy", Aiyar said, "Of course. You will never win if you don`t take risk. During the course of it, it will be proved that it is a risk worth taking."
"Yes. But it is not the end of the road. But if the party wins it will be the opening of the gate (for him)," he said
when asked whether Congress` defeat in Uttar Pradesh would be a set back to Rahul.
He called the Nehru-Gandhi family as a "bonding adhesive" of the party and its "biggest asset".
Aiyar also dismissed suggestions that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has taken a "back seat" in the campaigning for Uttar Pradesh elections, saying she is continuing to campaign in the manner she has been doing since long.