UP Elections 2017: Congress to announce Sheila Dikshit as CM candidate today?

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi is expected to play a huge role in the crucial elections. 

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2016, 12:42 PM IST
UP Elections 2017: Congress to announce Sheila Dikshit as CM candidate today?

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday is expected to announce senior leader Sheila Dikshit, a Brahmin face, as its chief ministerial candidate for the high-voltage Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, a report said.

Dikshit's Brahmin credentials and her administrative experience, during her stint as Delhi chief minister for 15 long years, is being touted as the reason behind her possible projection.

Congress party's election strategist Prashant Kishor, who has been roped in by the grand old party to to bring back its golden days in UP, is said to be in favour of a Brahmin as the party's chief ministerial face in the crucial elections and is believed to have suggested Dikshit's name.

Meanwhile, numerous reports have been doing rounds that, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi will play a huge role in the crucial elections. She is believed to address a 150 rallies across Uttar Pradesh ahead of the state Assembly elections in 2017. Traditionally, she has only campaigned in Amethi and Rae Bareli.