Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday arrived here to meet party workers and office bearers ahead of her boat ride from Prayagraj to Varanasi.

Gandhi’s flight arrived at 10.20 am and she reached Nehru Bhawan, state headquarters on Mall Avenue, in another half an hour.

Several delegations who have been protesting against the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party government here were likely to meet her, party leaders said.

There were at least 12 to 13 groups who have sought audience with her separately with each group comprising 30 to 40 members.

The meetings were expected to last till 5 pm following which Priyanka will leave for Prayagraj to kickstart her campaign heading towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.

Priyanka Gandhi returned to Mall Avenue office a month after she embarked on her poll journey on 11 February along with her brother and party President Rahul Gandhi and her western UP counterpart Jyotiraditya Scindia.

She had at that time held marathon meetings with the party workers for over 40 hours till 14 February.

The Congress in 2014 had won only Amethi and Rae Bareli seats – traditional Nehru-Gandhi family boroughs.

The SP, the BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are contesting the 2019 elections in alliance.

The BJP-led NDA alliance won 73 out of 80 seats in the state.

Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled from 11 April to 19 May. The counting of votes will take place on 23 May.