Putting an end to months over speculations, after weeks of dilly-dallying, postponements and cancellations, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to campaign for the Congress in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections from today. However, her campaign will be confined to her family’s constituencies Rae Bareli, represented by her mother and Amethi, represented by her brother and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Priyanka will be showing up with brother Rahul Gandhi in Rae Bareli, a parliamentary seat held by her mother Sonia Gandhi, later today. The absence of Priyanka, who is a great crowd puller and is among the 40 ‘star campaigners’ the party has listed for the polls, had reportedly upset the cadres, specially in the family bastion of Amethi-Rae Bareli, where she has been campaigning in previous elections.
This time, the Congress has entered an alliance with the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP). However party sources stating that many campaign programmes of Priyanka Vadra had been made and cancelled in the past owing to the seat-sharing formula on these seats continuing to be an irritant. Now since both the alliance partners have withdrawn five candidates each from their side, she is said to have agreed to come and campaign.
She was one of the main negotiators with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav when the alliance talks were on the brink of collapse.