Priyanka Gandhi, who attended her first meeting as AICC general secretary in-charge of the party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh East after taking charge on Wednesday, said she would not rest till the flag of Congress’ ideology flies high in the state.
Priyanka, in her remarks, at the meeting said she will work together with other Congress leaders to end the politics of division and casteism in UP.
At the meeting, Priyanka was seated next to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who also took charge on Wednesday as AICC general secretary in-charge UP West.
Priyanka Gandhi has been allotted an office adjacent to that of her brother’s at the party headquarters.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday discussed the party’s strategy for the Lok Sabha polls with AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states at the meeting held in Delhi.
He further asked the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh in-charges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia to strengthen the party in the state in “mission-mode”.
On his part, Gandhi said he did not expect a “miracle” from Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia in two months, and that they should not feel any pressure.
Gandhi said that new faces should be given precedence over those who have lost the elections 2-3 times while selecting candidates.
“I met with our AICC General Secretaries & State In Charges at the AICC HQ this evening. Our discussions covered a wide range of subjects. The team is match ready and we will play on the front foot…,” Gandhi said on Twitter after the meeting.
According to Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, Gandhi asked leaders to ensure that the campaign should be a decent one, and “not like the BJP”.
When asked about Gandhi’s direction coming on a day he called the prime minister a “darpok” (coward), Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, at a press conference, said that a liar has to be called a liar and it can’t be helped.
During the meeting with the general secretaries and state in-charges, Gandhi gave an ultimatum that selection of candidates should be completed this month itself, Venugopal said at the press conference.
The need for a mechanism at the central level to monitor the campaign in various states was also discussed at the meeting, he said.
Campaign strategies and alliances were also discussed at the nearly three-hour meeting.
All general secretary in charges shared their views and the Congress president told them what he expects from them, Scindia told reporters after coming out of the meeting.
The Congress president also gave a clear vision about the current political situation in the country — the way the BJP government is misusing agencies and propagating false promises, Venugopal said.
Surjewala said that Rahul Gandhi stressed at the meeting that in selecting candidates youth and experience both should find a place.
Rahul Gandhi will accompany Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia to Lucknow on February 11, on their first trip to the state after taking over as Congress general secretaries.
The two general secretaries will interact with party workers at state Congress office in Lucknow on Feb 12, 13 and 14, Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal told reporters.
(With PTI inputs)