Sheila says ‘popular’ Priyanka campaigning in UP would benefit Congress
Days after she was nominated as Congress party's CM candidate for UP elections, Sheila Dikshit said “Congress will benefit if Priyanka campaigns for the party in UP”.india Updated: Jul 18, 2016 22:16 IST
The projected Congress chief ministerial face in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, Sheila Dikshit on Monday said Congress would be benefited if Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigns for the party in the state.
She said that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s daughter is a “popular leader and she should come for campaigning. Congress will benefit if Priyanka campaigns for the party in UP”.
In an interview to ETV, Dikshit when asked about the main agenda in the Uttar Pradesh elections, said: “The present Akhilesh Yadav government’s work has discouraged the public. Due to this, people are not going to give him another chance. For us, only development will be the agenda.”
Dikshit also said she would concentrate only on campaigning now and no decision has been taken on contesting the election.
Asked about party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s role and whether he’ll be elevated to the post of party President, Dikshit said: “He should be given more time. Party high command will take a decision on whether Rahul Gandhi will be made the party President or not.”
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dikshit said: “Modi’s popularity has decreased in last two years and he has failed in fulfilling the election promises.”
“It doesn’t befit a Prime Minister to make comments like Congress-free India. Such statements don’t come in favour of a Prime Minister,” she added.
First Published: Jul 18, 2016 22:15 IST