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Priyanka Gandhi Political Entry LIVE: For BJP, Party is Family, PM Modi on Priyanka's Formal Induction Into Congress

News18.com | January 23, 2019, 6:17 PM IST
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Priyanka Gandhi's Political Plunge LIVE Updates: Rahul Gandhi has delivered on the surprise he promised ahead of Lok Sabha elections. The Congress chief has made his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the election in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, finally heralding her into politics. The choice of east UP, which has not been kind to the Congress during elections, pits Priyanka directly against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who wields considerable influence in the region.

The BJP was quick to seize the opportunity to attack Rahul Gandhi, saying the announcement means the Congress has formally declared him a “failure”.
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Jan 23, 2019 5:53 pm (IST)

Speaking to the party workers, Congress president insinuated that after appointing Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the in-charge of UP east, the party will eventually decide on the CM face. 

Jan 23, 2019 5:52 pm (IST)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad conveyed his good wishes to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, however, he could not stop himself from taking a dig at the opposition party when he called her appointment a "family concern". He also played down the appointment as "nothing unusual". Prasad further added that perhaps the Congress could have given her a "wider role" keeping in mind her "persona".

 
Jan 23, 2019 5:52 pm (IST)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad conveyed his good wishes to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, however, he could not stop himself from taking a dig at the opposition party when he called her appointment a "family concern". He also played down the appointment as "nothing unusual". Prasad further added that perhaps the Congress could have given her a "wider role" keeping in mind her "persona".

Jan 23, 2019 5:52 pm (IST)

Mocking the stunning political entry of Priyanka Gandhi, PM Narendra Modi said that for the BJP, the party is the family while for the Congress, it is the family that acts as a party. PM Modi was addressing a rally in Maharashtra where he said this.

Jan 23, 2019 5:52 pm (IST)

Soon after the Congress made Priyanka Gandhi the AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, the political circles are agog with expectation and counter narratives. The BJP, however, is less than enthused. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's formal entry into the Congress is an admission by the party that Rahul Gandhi has "failed" in providing leadership.

Jan 23, 2019 3:19 pm (IST)

Despite maintaining her distance from politics up till now, Priyanka Gandhi has played a crucial role in establishing Congress' foothold in its two bastions Amethi and Rae Bareli. Taking full responsibility of electoral campaigning in these two areas during the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, while Rahul and Sonia Gandhi toured the entire nation and held rallies, it was Priyanka, who took charge of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Before that, in the Lok Sabha elections of 1999, Priyanka helped her mother Sonia Gandhi win the two crucial seats of these contituencies by campaiging profusely on her behalf. She stayed for Amethi in two weeks for this purpose, which eventually led to Sonia's victory in the contituency by a margin of lakhs of votes. 

Jan 23, 2019 2:55 pm (IST)

Congress workers break into celebrations in Rae Bareli, after Priyanka Gandhi got appointed the party's General Secretary for Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Jan 23, 2019 2:54 pm (IST)

Two-time former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit has called Priyanka's political plunge a very big move that will bring in a new sense of energy into the party.  "The entire Congress is very happy about it. Great expectation that things will change for the better," she says. Talking about Priyanka being enthrusted with the responsibility of Eastern UP, Dixit said she believes that this will work out very well for the party as Priyanka is loved by people of UP. "I wish her all the best, this will pose a great challenge to the opposition," she adds. 

Jan 23, 2019 2:49 pm (IST)

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has congratulated all the leaders appointed by Rahul Gandhi as state in-charge ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, with a special mention to Priyanka Gandhi. "Special congrats to Priyanka Gandhi on being appointed AICC General Secretary in-charge of UP East. Her appointment will help rejuvenate the party across the country," he writes. 

Jan 23, 2019 2:43 pm (IST)

Reacting to Priyanka becoming the General Secretary of Congress, BJP UP in-charge JP Nadda has accused the grand-old party of  "dynasty politics", saying "everyone knows how this household company works. It is also first official declaration from Congress that Rahul ji has failed, he should tell what is his view of Parivarwadi soch?"

Jan 23, 2019 2:22 pm (IST)

Indian political strategist and Janata Dal leader Prashant Kishore, on Twitter, has hailed the announcement as one of the "most awaited entries in Indian politics." "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," he writes. 

Jan 23, 2019 2:15 pm (IST)

However, Priyanka Gandhi's task will not be easy as she has been given charge of a region that has not been a Congress bastion off late. The party had won zero out of 30 seats up for grabs here in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, and only managed to place second in one seat - Gorakhpur. It would also pit her in a direct contest with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who, as the BJP's star campaigner, has led the Hindutva wrapped development agenda campaign of the party.

Jan 23, 2019 2:05 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is currently in his home contituency of Amethi on a two-day vist. Adressing the media here, Rahul says, "whether its Priyanka or Jyotiraditya, through these youth leaders we want to change politics of UP. We are confident that Priyanka will bring out Congress' ideology." As the announcement comes only days after the historic alliance between the BSP and SP in UP, Rahul says the Congress is "open to talks with Mayawati and Akhilesh." "We have no enmity, infact I respect them a lot. We are ready to cooperate with them wherever possible. Ultimately the aim of all three of us is to defeat BJP, but yes our fight is to save Congress ideology," he adds.

Jan 23, 2019 2:01 pm (IST)

Congress party, through its offical Twitter handle congratulates and formally welcomes Priyanka Gandhi into the party. "Many congratulations to Shri K C Venugopal, Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Shri @JM_Scindia on their new appointments. We're fired up & ready to go!"

Jan 23, 2019 1:51 pm (IST)

Sambit Patra Calls Priyanka Gandhi's Entry into Politics a 'Failure' of Rahul | Seizing Priyanka's assent into politics as an opportunity to attack Rahul Gandhi, BJP 's Sambit Patra said the announcement means the Congress has formally declared him a “failure”. "I congratulate Congress for announcing that Rahul Gandhi is a failure.. they have done this by elevating Priyanka Gandhi," he says. "Congress is focussing only on one family and promoting dynasty is what Congress is all about. They consider family as the party while BJP considers party as the family," he adds.

Jan 23, 2019 1:45 pm (IST)

At present, Congress has only two Lok Sabha seats of Amethi and Raebareli from Uttar Pradesh. The party had joined hands with the SP in the assembly elections in 2017, but that alliance lost to the BJP. Congress won only seven seats in the 403-member assembly.  In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won 71 seats while its ally Apna Dal came out victorious in two seats. The NDA had vote share of around 42 per cent in 2014 polls

Jan 23, 2019 1:41 pm (IST)

Congress Countering BSP-SP Alliance and BJP in UP | Congress leaders say Priyanka Gandhi's plunge into active party politics will galvanise the ranks to make them prepared for the massive dual challenge posed by the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Bringing the 47-year-old on board the campaign shows that the Congress is serious in its promise of making the election in UP a triangular contest after the snub from Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. Soon after the SP-BSP alliance was announced, Rahul Gandhi had said that he has a surprise in store, but few had predicted it be Priyanka's political plunge. 

Jan 23, 2019 1:40 pm (IST)

Speculations Over Priyanka Gandhi's Lok Sabha Elections Debut | The political atomsphere is once again rife with speculations that Priyanka may contest the coming Lok Sabha election from either Amethi, which is her elder brother Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, or Rae Bareli, the constituency of Priyanka’s mother and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. 

Jan 23, 2019 1:38 pm (IST)

Robert Vadra in a Facebook post has congratulated his wife, Priyanka Gandhi, for her advent into politics."Always by your side in every phase of life," he writes. 

Jan 23, 2019 1:37 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi on His Way to Address a Rally in Amethi | The Congress has strategically made the announcement at a time when Rahul Gandhi is headed to Amethi, his home constituency on a two-day visit. Gandhi said he would meet and discuss issues with people during his stay there."I am coming to Amethi. Will be with my people and discuss issues with them. Will keep sharing the details of my story of happiness with you by way of pictures," Gandhi said in a Facebook post

Jan 23, 2019 1:35 pm (IST)

"Honourable Congress president has appointed Shrimati Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. She will be taking charge with effect on first week of February 2019,” the party said in an official release signed by Ashok Gehlot. The party also appointed senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West and shifted Ghulam Nabi Azad to oversee poll preparations in Haryana to make way for the young guns.

Jan 23, 2019 1:33 pm (IST)

The BJP was quick to seize the opportunity to attack Rahul Gandhi, saying the announcement means the Congress has formally declared him a “failure”.

Jan 23, 2019 1:29 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi Election-in-charge of Eastern UP | Rahul Gandhi has delivered on the surprise he promised ahead of Lok Sabha elections. The Congress chief has made his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the election in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, finally heralding her into politics. The choice of east UP, which has not been kind to the Congress during elections, pits Priyanka directly against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who wields considerable influence in the region.

Priyanka Gandhi Political Entry LIVE: For BJP, Party is Family, PM Modi on Priyanka's Formal Induction Into Congress
File photo of PM Modi.

Congress leaders say Priyanka Gandhi's plunge into active party politics will galvanise the ranks to make them prepared for the massive dual challenge posed by the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.

Bringing the 47-year-old on board the campaign shows that the Congress is serious in its promise of making the election in UP a triangular contest after the snub from Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

Soon after the SP-BSP alliance was announced, Rahul Gandhi had said that he has a surprise in store, but few had predicted it be Priyanka's political plunge.

It also shows that Congress has come to the realistation that a state as massive as Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha and is the key to power at the Centre, cannot have just one poll in charge.

But Priyanka's task will not be easy as she has been given charge of a region that has not been a Congress bastion of late. It would also pit her in a direct contest with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who, as the BJP's star campaigner, has led the Hindutva wrapped development agenda campaign of the party.

There has also been speculation that Priyanka may contest the coming Lok Sabha election from either Amethi, which is her elder brother Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, or Rae Bareli, the constituency of Priyanka’s mother and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

Even when she had stayed away from any party position, she nursed the two constituencies in eastern UP with Sonia and Rahul.
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