The Congress on Wednesday appointed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is Priyanka’s brother, officially paved the way for his sister’s entry into active politics with the appointment.
The 47-year-old Priyanka will now build the Congress strategy in this crucial part of India’s most important electoral state. While Varanasi in UP (East) is the parliamentary seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gorakhpur is considered the bastion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Unfazed with Priyanka’s appointment, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called it an “expected move to promote dynasty”.
“Expected; to promote dynasty is what Congress is all about,” BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra was quoted as saying by ANI.
Underlining the core difference between the Congress and the BJP, Patra said, “They consider family as the party while BJP considers party as the family.”
In a stinging attack on 48-year-old Rahul Gandhi, Patra said that the “Congress has accepted that Rahul Gandhi-ji has failed”.
Congress, in an official release signed by General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, said, “Honourable Congress president has appointed Shrimati Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East.”
Priyanka Gandhi, who had till now occasionally campaigned for her brother and mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in Amethi and Rae Bareli, respectively, will spearhead the Congress campaign in UP (East) for the first time.
Priyanka will take charge in the first week of February.