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

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

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

The party in Uttar Pradesh is seeing the visit as the virtual launch of the Congress campaign in the state, ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

But her so-called "mission" is to revive the Congress in a state that has been pushed to the margins - and it is no easy job.

This is not the first time that BJP leaders have courted controversy with their remarks on Priyanka.

Congress hopes that the eyeballs she's able to generate will turn into votes.

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

Indira Gandhi, India's only woman prime minister and known as the "Iron Lady", was criticised for suspending civil liberties for almost two years starting in 1975.

The ruling BJP has often criticized the Congress party for what they term "dynastic politics".

The siblings continuously waved at supporters from atop a bus and then later from an SUV during the drive from the airport to their state office.

Early on Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the party general secretary for western UP, will accompany Priyanka who has now been appointed as the party general secretary for eastern UP.

"Come align with us and bring change to Uttar Pradesh", he said. "The youth of Uttar Pradesh need a roadmap for the future and the state needs change", he said. BJP President Amit Shah said last week the party would win 74 seats there this year.

Priyanka's appointment as the general secretary assumes significance as the Congress is desperately trying to revive itself in the Hindi-speaking state, which used to be its bastion till the mid-1980s.

'Congress started in UP and it can not stay weak here.

Her entry in politics came just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls are scheduled in the country. His lawyer and Congress have dismissed the charges as politically motivated.

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.