Priyanka Gandhi’s soft-launch by Congress Party
Priyanka Gandhi’s soft-launch by Congress Party:- The Congress has been reluctant about admitting Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s role in the Congress party. Not anymore though or so as it seemed on Monday. Priyanka’s presence at a Congress round-table in Uttar Pradesh elections in the party’s Delhi had a war-room which was acknowledged, without the usual ambivalence surrounding her role.
If in any case there was any caginess, it was limited to the explanations given for Rahul Gandhi’s absence at the meeting. The party in-charge of the state, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had chaired the meeting and somehow maintained that Priyanka’s formal entry into the Congress would be further announced “when the time comes’’. However, there’s no big-bang announcement, just a soft-launch.
The party, however, was keen to dispel any notion that Priyanka was replacing Rahul. If at all, she “will be a force multiplier” for Congress, adding to Rahul Gandhi’s “forceful” campaign, a Congress leader said.
Rahul’s Kisan Yatra was a “huge success”
Meanwhile, Shiela Dikshit, the party’s chief ministerial face, claimed that Rahul’s Kisan Yatra was a “huge success” and if Priyanka hit the campaign trail, it would only strengthen the party’s position.
Moreover, there has been much speculation about Priyanka, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, joining the Congress party campaign in the state.
Earlier, it was also speculated that the two-part celebrations was planned for the Indira Gandhi centenary in Delhi and Allahabad would see Priyanka take the plunge.
Her close resemblance to her grandmother Indira and also her ability to speak up her mind in fluent heartland Hindi, without even hemming and hawing, are what the party’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor wanted to exploit in the Uttar Pradesh elections, it was said.
However, at Monday’s meeting Priyanka’s campaign schedule was not the agenda. “That’s still being under wraps,’’ one of the UP leaders who have attended the meeting said, Candidates, who can contest from where, the role of local leaders, etc, were instead some of the issues.