On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress chief indicated that while appointing his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the general secretary of Congress in eastern Uttar Pradesh, he was thinking long-term. Varanasi is in the stronghold of BJP main Narendra Modi and Gorakhpur is the political and spiritual headquarter of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Priyanka Gandhi will be spearheading her party campaign from the area.
Rahul Gandhi showing his confidence over her sister said that her assignment would stretch beyond 2019.
Implying that the Congress is preparing themselves for the upcoming election to change the government in the state and to unseat Yogi Adityanath, Mr. Gandhi told the reporters that “I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya (Scindia) for just two months… Now she will work to establish a Congress chief minister in the state.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Scindia has been given the responsibility of western Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Gandhi’s surprise announcement on Wednesday is seen as a reaction to Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to leave Congress out of the alliance in the state.
On Wednesday Mr. Gandhi declared that Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in charge of western Uttar Pradesh and Priyanka Gandhi will spread the ideology of the Congress.
He said, “I have sent them to take Congress’ ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh. Our ideology of standing and fighting for the poor, for the youth, for the farmers… There will be new thinking, new ideology in Uttar Pradesh.”
While speaking at a press conference Mayawati said that the Congress can not transfer votes and also said that the Congress was left out as they had nothing to contribute.
However, Rahul Gandhi asserted that his party has no enmity with the two opposition leaders. “I respect Mayawati and Akhilesh and we are willing to cooperate. Our aim is to defeat the BJP. No problem if they want to talk with us,” Mr. Gandhi said.