It's official! Putting an end to speculation of her entry, Priyanka Gandhi has been appointed as the in-charge of poll preparations for Uttar Pradesh. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has made the announcement with an objective to give a tough fight to the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
As the poll in-charge for UP East - Priyanka will nurse these crucial constituencies - Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Amethi, Raebarelli and Allahabad - among others. What this means is that she will also be challenging the BJP in PM Narendra Modi's home constituency of Varanasi. Priyanka has been working at the back-end until now in Amethi and Raebarelli. "Now she will be taking over the reins in Uttar Pradesh, which not only augurs well for UP but also for India," said Congress leaders.
Her entry could also be a direct challenge to Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav's partnership, making it a triangular contest within the allies of the anti-BJP front. Interestingly, Prashant Kishor, the vice-president of JD(U), who has also been a poll strategist for Narendra Modi earlier, tweeted: "One of the most awaited entries in Indian politics is finally here! While people may debate the timing, exact role and position, to me, the real news is that she finally decided to take the plunge! Congratulations and best wishes to Priyanka Gandhi."
After making the announcement, Rahul Gandhi said that they will together give a new direction to the politics of UP. "I am very happy that my sister, who is extremely capable and hard-working, will work with me," he added. Apparently, the Congress High Command is making arrangements to facilitate the entry of the second Gandhi scion into the party from the first week of February.
Commenting on Priyanka's entry, the BJP was quick to state that Priyanka's entry is an indication of Rahul Gandhi's failure to deliver. With the election pitch rising everyday, this surely came as a surprise from the Congress. So, will Priyanka be capable of reviving the Congress from the brink & run it like her grandmother Indira? Only time will tell.