Rahul Gandhi Puts Priyanka In Charge Of 41 Seats

By Preeti Sigh On 12 Feb, 2019

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has placed 41 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the charge of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 39 parliamentary segments under Jyotiraditya Scindia, a party statement said Tuesday. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Mr Scindia were appointed AICC general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh East and Uttar Pradesh West respectively in January and took charge last week. Among the constituencies placed under Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's charge were the key seats of Lucknow, Amethi, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Phulpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, and Kushinagar. Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Pilibhit, Dhaurahra, Kanpur, and Farrukhabad, were some of the key constituencies placed under Mr Scindia's charge. A day after making her debut in Uttar Pradesh's political arena as Congress's general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday got down to business, holding a marathon strategy session at the party office in Lucknow to script her party's victory in the upcoming parliamentary polls. Returning to the state capital after a short visit to Jaipur, where her husband Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen appeared before the ED in connection with a probe into an alleged land scam in Rajasthan's border town of Bikaner, Gandhi got cracking at the UP Congress headquarters. Immediately after reaching the party office, she was closeted with senior leaders and office bearers of Lucknow, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Ambedkar Nagar, Sitapur, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Bahraich, and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies to galvanise the party's preparations for the Lok Sabha elections. Party sources said she held meetings till late in the evening with 10-20 people each from these constituencies to gauge the situation on the ground. In an adjoining room, the newly appointed Congress general secretary in-charge of western UP, Jyotiraditya Scindia, held deliberations with leaders from the constituencies he has been asked to groom. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, along with Rahul Gandhi, had held a grand roadshow on Monday, raising hopes of a turnaround in the party's fortunes.

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