After a marathon overnight meeting with the Congress workers in Lucknow, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left the venue in the wee hours of Wednesday.
It is learnt that Priyanka was attending a Congress committee meeting at the office in Lucknow held for formulating a strategy to script her party’s victory in the upcoming parliamentary polls. She had convened the meeting to get the Congress workers’ views on how to fight the polls.
“I am learning a lot about the organisation, its structure and the changes that need to be made. I am getting their (Congress workers) views on how to fight the election, according to them,” she told news agency ANI.
On being asked about ED probing her husband Robert Vadra, Priyanka said, “These things will keep on going, I’m doing my own work”.
In an adjoining room, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia held meetings with leaders from the constituencies in his charge.
“We are formulating a strategy for the road ahead based on regional issues. We are working on the process of strengthening the organisation, we analysed these issues for 12-13 hours today,” Scindia said.
The marathon meeting comes a day after Priyanka made her debut in Uttar Pradesh’s political arena as Congress’s general secretary.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has placed 41 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the charge of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 39 parliamentary segments under Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Among the constituencies placed under Priyanka Gandhi’s charge were the key seats of Lucknow, Amethi, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Phulpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, and Kushinagar.
Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Pilibhit, Dhaurahra, Kanpur, and Farrukhabad, were some of the key constituencies placed under Scindia’s charge.
Immediately after reaching the party office, she was closeted with senior leaders and office bearers of Lucknow, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Ambedkar Nagar, Sitapur, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Bahraich, and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies to galvanise the party’s preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.
Party sources said she held meetings till late in the evening with 10-20 people each from these constituencies to gauge the situation on the ground.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday began her official innings in politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections with a mega roadshow along with her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.
The brother-sister duo was also accompanied by Scindia.
This is Priyanka’s maiden visit to Uttar Pradesh after she formally entered politics last month. The Congressmen are viewing the high profile visit as the first step towards the party’s revival in this politically important state.
The Congress had fared miserably during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by winning just two of 80 seats in the state.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, seen as the Congress’ trump card for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, announced her entry into politics as the party’s general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh on January 23.
Virtually launching the party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign, Rahul Gandhi had asserted that it was the time to uproot the BJP and form the government in the state.
(With agency inputs)