Newly appointed Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met more party workers on the third day of her visit to Lucknow enquiring about constituency details and party organisation at the local level.
The 47-year-old had on Tuesday held a meeting with party leaders from various constituencies from eastern UP that went on for around 16 hours ending at 5.30 am on Wednesday.
According to reports, during her marathon strategy session in the Congress office located at Lucknow’s Mall Avenue, Gandhi asked key questions to the leaders to gauge their understanding of the electorate.
She asked questions on the booth numbers, voter strength and the social media connectivity of the workers.
She urged everyone to work together towards a common goal and keep aside differences between themselves.
Gandhi, the younger sister of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, also told reporters that for now she was trying to understand the party structure and “ground realities” from the workers.
Congress is aiming to improve its tally of only two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Snubbed by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), who formed an alliance in January this year, the Congress is aiming to contest the Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh on its own.
Meetings are being held with leaders and party workers from Faizabad, Basti, Ambedkarnagar, Gonda, Baansgaon, Sant Kabeernagar, Gorakhpur, Bahraich, Padrauna and Salempur Lok Sabha seats.
Gandhi arrived in Lucknow on Monday and participated in a mega roadshow with Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress general secretary for UP west.
The almost 20-km long roadshow was led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who targeted the BJP over a host of issues and said that there is need to empower grassroots workers to bring Congress back to power in the state and the Centre.
Slamming the BJP-RSS, Gandhi said, “This is an ideological battle. On one hand there is the Congress ideology of love, harmony and brotherhood. On the other, there is BJP-RSS ideology of dividing and weakening the nation.”
“Congress workers must fight this battle with issues that concern the youth, farmers. There is no dearth of issues. Congress party will fight to transform UP and the nation,” he added, while assuring the supporters that the party will “play on the front foot”.