Priyanka Gandhi meets Congress' UP incharge Ghulam Nabi Azad, fuels speculation about her role
Sheila Dikshit, a Brahmin face, is expected to be announced as Congress' chief ministerial candidate.
New Delhi: Amid reports that she would lead the Congress campaign for 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday met senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at his residence in the national capital, reports said.
Priyanka met veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was recently appointed incharge of the poll bound Uttar Pradesh. Earlier in the day, she met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The meeting assumes great significance as the chorus for bringing Priyanka Gandhi into active politics to revive Congress' fortunes in Uttar Pradesh is growing every day.
Reports have been doing rounds that Congress president 's daughter and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit would soon join the battlefield in the Hindi heartland.
Dikshit, a Brahmin face, is expected to be announced as Congress' chief ministerial candidate.
Earlier reports had suggested that master strategist Prashant Kishor, who has been roped in by the Congress to bring back its golden days in Uttar Pradesh, had favoured Priyanka to take lead in the 2017 state election.
The 2017 UP elections are a litmus test for the Congress vice president as the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is certain to go all guns blazing to win the state, which sends maximum MPs to the Lok Sabha.
Congress, which once used to win almost all the seats in the cow belt state, has been performing very poorly in the last two decades.
Notably, the BJP had won on 71 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. Congress won two, Samajwadi Party five and Mayawati's Bhaujan Samaj Party wasn't able to open its account.
Key players in the state – Bharatiya Janata Party led by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mayawati - are personality driven and have their strong vote bases. Meanwhile, Congress, which has been out of power in the state for nearly three decades, suffers from a leadership crisis.