“Aap daantlijiye mujhko (scold me),” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told groups of people separately on Monday, taking command of electioneering in the assembly segments of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency represented by her brother Rahul Gandhi.
The sheepish opening line — with overtones of affection — to party workers was for visiting the constituency for the first time after campaigning for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. “I will come more frequently now,” was her immediate follow-up.
The pleasantries were coupled with some political decisions. After consultations, she decided the candidate (Mohammad Naeem) for Gauriganj seat, where more than three persons were vying for the ticket.
Vadra also changed the party nominee for Jagdishpur seat on a request. The sitting MLA, 90-year-old Ram Sevak Dhobi, requested her to nominate his grandson Radhey Shyam, 40, in his place.
Vadra, who reached Amethi around 11am, had interacted with more than 2,000 grassroots-level workers by evening at the Munshiganj guesthouse.
“Rahulji has been touring different parts of the state. A wave of change may be seen on the political horizon, with Congress likely to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh,” she said.
Vadra had led the campaign in Amethi in the 2007 assembly elections and the party won three out of the five seats.
On Tuesday, the second day of her three-day tour, she will carry out a similar campaign in other segments of Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha seat of her mother Sonia Gandhi.
The party had won four of the five seats in Rae Bareli in 2007.