Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has accepted the request of party leaders from Uttar Pradesh to campaign extensively for the upcoming assembly election, state unit chief Raj Babbar said on Friday.
“It has been decided that she will campaign for UP elections. Whenever we will get her schedule, we will use her time accordingly,” Babbar told reporters after a party meeting attended by Priyanka and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, her brother.
In the past too, Priyanka has attended the party’s strategy discussions on UP for both Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will go to polls in February-March next year.
Once the election schedule is announced, Babbar said, it will bring more clarity on Priyanka’s campaign plans. He had earlier claimed that Priyanka could campaign in all 403 constituencies of politically crucial UP if she has enough time.
There has been a growing clamour within the UP Congress that Priyanka should play a larger role in the upcoming election to revive the party that is looking to regain power in the state after being dethroned about 27 years ago.
Congress leaders have maintained that Priyanka’s presence will boost confidence and re-energise not only party workers but also the people across the state.
Till now, she has restricted her election campaign only in the family pocket boroughs of Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Rahul and Sonia.
Officially, the party has insisted that a decision on Priyanka’s role in the upcoming assembly elections will be taken by her in consultation with the Congress chief and Rahul.
“She is going to play a major role. Let everything be finalised,” UP Congress campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh said.