After weeks of dilly-dallying, postponements and cancellations, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is all set to hit the campaign trail for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections today.
Priyanka along with her younger brother and party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi will launch poll campaign in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli – the Lok Sabha constituency of Sonia.
According to party leaders, Rahul will address two rallies in Rae Bareli town and Maharajganj in support of party candidate Aditi Singh. They said that Priyanka will accompany Rahul to these rallies. However, it was not clear whether she will address the rallies.
Priyanka was one of the main negotiators with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav when the alliance talks were on the brink of collapse. 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, especially in the family bastion of Amethi-Rae Bareli, where she has been campaigning in previous elections.
While her name has been repeatedly appearing in the star campaigner list of the party, she is once again likely to restrict herself to Amethi-Rae Bareli only.
Sonia has stayed away from poll campaign so far. But reports suggest that she might address rallies in the constituency on February 18.
Assembly constituencies under Amethi and Rae Bareli go to polls in the 4th and 5th phase of polling in the state on February 23 and 27, respectively.
Alliance partners Congress and Samajwadi Party are fighting with each other on several Assembly seats where both parties have fielded their candidates.
Reports said that there are at least 23 constituencies, including two in Rae Bareli and two in Amethi, where the Congress and the SP are fighting a ‘friendly match’.
Congress has fielded Aditi Singh, the daughter of five time MLA Akhilesh Kumar Singh, from the Rae Bareli Assembly constituency. Akhilesh Singh, a local strongman, has passed on the baton to his 29-year-old daughter Aditi, who is pitted against BSP candidate Shahbaz Khan and BJP's Anita Srivastava.
In Unchahar in Rae Bareli district, Congress has fielded Ajaypal Singh and SP Manoj Kumar Pandey, besides in Sareni where Ashok Singh (Congress) is fighting a ‘friendly match’ with Devendra Pratap Singh of SP. Both seats fall under Sonia's Lok Sabha constituency.
Source - Indiatvnews