Priyanka holds marathon meetings with UP Congress leaders

Priyanka holds marathon meetings with UP Congress leaders


Lucknow: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a marathon meeting for more than 16 hours with party workers on Tuesday which continued throughout the night into early Wednesday morning. While talking to reporters early this morning, Ms Vadra expressed confidence that her party will fare well in the Lok Sabha polls. The leader also asserted that her work here would not get affected due to the Enforcement Directorate interrogating her husband and mother-in-law. "I'll keep doing my work. These things will keep happening, I'll keep doing my thing," she commented over the interrogation of her husband. According to a private news channel, when their reporter asked Priyanka about her marathon strategy session, she said, "I'm learning a lot about the organisation, how it is structured and the changes to be made in the road ahead. Also, I'm getting their views on how to fight the upcoming parliamentary polls and win them." She met workers from over ten constituencies, spending more than an hour with each of them. Confident of her party's victory, the general secretary claimed that 2019 would essentially be a Modi versus Rahul battle this year. Immediately after reaching the party office on Tuesday, she was closeted with senior leaders and office-bearers of Lucknow, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Ambedkar Nagar, Sitapur, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Bahraich, Phulpur and Ayodhya Lok Sabha constituencies to galvanise the party's preparations for the Lok Sabha elections. In her first comments to karyakartas (workers), UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's daughter urged them to stay united and say no to infighting.

"Guthbaazi khatam karo (end groupism)," Priyanka told the local leaders. The leader held meetings till wee hours on Wednesday with 10-20 people each from these constituencies to gauge the situation on the ground. She met 70 people from Lucknow, which was the highest number, party sources said. Ms Vadra also advised members to unite and unilaterally support a candidate that has been chosen for a constituency, no matter who it is. A day earlier, Ms Gandhi returned to the state capital after a short visit to Jaipur, where her husband Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen appeared before the ED in connection with a probe into an alleged land scam in Rajasthan's border town of Bikaner. As soon as she landed, she got cracking at the UP Congress headquarters. Ms Vadra's entry into active politics has been at a time when the party is not only witnessing one of the most difficult times electorally but has also been sidelined by prospective allies for 'mahagatbandhan', with the Samajwadi Party and BSP totally ignoring it while forming their alliance. The eastern UP, Priyanka Gandhi's area of responsibility, has Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi. The region is also seen as a stronghold of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. On the day of her political debut in UP on Monday, she also joined Twitter and garnered a massive response with tens of thousands following her on the social media platform within hours.

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