New Delhi: The speculations surrounding Priyanka Gandhi’s role in 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative election unfolded a notch today as she agreed to Ghulam Nabi Azad’s formal request to lead Congress’ campaigns.
Mr Azad, who has been given the charge of UP specifically in the hope of changing the party’s fortunes with his Midas touch in a state that it once ruled, had earlier indicated that Priyanka Gandhi may be drafted into a campaign across the state.
“The workers of the party want Priyanka Gandhi to step out of Amethi and Rae Bareli and campaign for the Congress in the rest of the state. We’re hoping, the workers are keen, that she finds time to take on this responsibility,” Azad had said earlier.
Several reports claim that the idea of drafting Priyanka was first floated by Prashant Kishor, the poll strategist Congress has hired to try and script a comeback in the assembly election.
Digvijay Singh, Congress’ General Secretary had mooted the need for a ‘surgery’ within the party after their embarrassing defeats in recently held assembly polls in Kerala and Assam and concluded that Priyanka Gandhi could be a game-changer.
“Priyanka has the strong resemblance with Indira Gandhi; we’ll welcome her graciously if she decides to enter politics,” he had said a month back in News24 Conclave, adding that her inclusion could bring change in party’s performance.
Earlier today, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reportedly refused to become the Congress party's chief ministerial candidate—potentially, a Brahmin face—for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, thereby emphasising the magnitude of Congress’ reliance on Mrs Gandhi.
Edited by Mayank Mohanti