Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the appointment of his sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, as the new general secretary means that the Congress will soon be able to have a Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking in Amethi, his parliamentary constituency on Wednesday, the 48-year-old Gandhi scion said, “Today I made Priyanka the general secretary of UP (East). This means that Congress will be able to place its own CM here.”

Expressing confidence in the victory of the Congress-led alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said, “The Congress will form an alliance government in Centre and it will contest with all strength in Uttar Pradesh.”

In a tweet posted from his official handle in the evening, Gandhi said both Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who too has been appointed as a general secretary for Uttar Pradesh, will “herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state”.

“UP is central to building a new hope filled & compassionate India. The new UP AICC team lead by Priyanka & Jyotiraditya, will herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state. We will offer the youth in UP a dynamic new platform to transform the state,” Gandhi said in the tweet.

 

In Amethi, Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal.

“PM Modi calls himself the Chowkidaar. The Chowkidaar took Rs 30,000 crore from Indian Air Force and gave it to Anil Ambani,” Gandhi alleged.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Gandhi said that the Congress will not play on backfoot in the upcoming elections. He also said that he respects both BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

“I fully respect Akhileshji and Mayawatiji. They have done their alliance and they are not our enemies. We are fighting together. If remaining parties want to join us, it is welcome,” he told reporters in Amethi.

“Their (SP and BSP) ideology is very much similar to that of the Congress. And we have to defeat the BJP in the state. Wherever cooperation is possible, we will cooperate to defeat the BJP. We can work together,” Gandhi said.

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Both SP and BSP kept the Congress out in the cold when they formed a pact in Lucknow earlier this month.