Priyanka Gandhi likely to campaign for UP polls



Lucknow: Priyanka Gandhi is likely to lead the Congress campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli, pocket-borough of Nehru-Gandhi family, in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

This was indicated as the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee has given her name to the Election Commission in the list of party leaders and personalities who are likely to campaign for the party in the state.

"Priyanka's name figures along with that of other senior leaders like her mother AICC president Sonia Gandhi for whom the party has sought car passes from the Election Commission for campaigning," Congress sources said, adding it is likely that she might lead the campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli districts which are represented by her brother Rahul and mother respectively in the Lok Sabha.

"It is to facilitate her (Priyanka's) visit, in case she decides to visit the state during electioneering for the coming elections, and ensure that there is no problem in making arrangements for it at the last minute," they said.

Priyanka, 39, had taken primary membership of the Congress in 2004 but has remained away from active politics. The sources said there is a demand for Priyanka Gandhi from all over the state but she is expected to confine herself to Rae Bareli and Amethi districts.

As Rahul will be busy with campaigning in other parts of state and Sonia is likely to divide her time among all the five states where assembly elections are scheduled, Priyanka would take care of these two districts.

"She has a personal rapport with the people of these two constituencies and it is like a second home to her," the sources said, adding that she had been a frequent visitor to these areas and had also taken part in campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls.

It will be a seven-phased poll in Uttar Pradesh between February 4 and 28.

PTI