Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Congress will be the government of progress for UP: Rahul Gandhi

Congress will be the government of progress for UP: Rahul Gandhi

Ahead of her debut, Priyanka said she hoped to usher in "new politics" in Uttar Pradesh, which Premier Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party won in 2014 national elections and again in state polls in 2017.

"Thank you", Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in her message to the people ahead of the visit to the state.

Vadra will interact with party workers of 42 Lok Sabha seats and Scindia will hold meetings with workers of 38 constituencies at the Congress headquarters, the Hindustan Times quoted Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar as saying.

At one point at Burlington crossing, Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Scindia and the other leaders had to lower their heads and eventually dismount from the truck to escape dangerously low hanging electric wires.

"Aa gayi badlaav ki aandhi, Rahul sung Priyanka Gandhi" (The storm is coming, Rahul along with Priyanka Gandhi), was a favourite slogan among the supporters, many of whom wore caps and T-shirts with Priyanka's picture embossed on them.

At a rally she called for supporters to join a campaign to build "a new future" for India and a "new kind of politics where everyone is a stakeholder". This ended last month when she accepted a key party post.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday underlined his party's ambitions in Uttar Pradesh saying the party can not afford to be weak in the state.

A mother of two, Priyanka is married to a businessman Robert Vadra, who is being investigated for alleged charges of corruption in land deals.

The profile photo of the official Twitter account of Priyanka has her in a maroon cotton sari with a three-fourth sleeved blouse while waving at the crowd. "The youth of Uttar Pradesh need a roadmap for the future and the state needs change".

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