Pushed to the corner in Uttar Pradesh by the SP-BSP alliance, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on played his trump card by appointing his younger sister Priyanka Gandhi as the party General Secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh to galvanise the Congress cadre in a state that sends the maximum number of 80 members to the Lok Sabha. (Image: PTI)
In an organisational shake-up ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the party also announced the appointment of Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP from Guna in Madhya Pradesh, as the Congress General Secretary in charge of western Uttar Pradesh.
With this, Priyanka Gandhi, married to businessman Robert Vadra and mother of two children, makes a full-fledged entry into politics casting aside her earlier political role that was mainly confined to the constituencies of Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi). (File photo/Reuters)
Priyanka will be taking charge of the new responsibility from the first week of February, a press release issued by General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said. (Image: AP)
With Priyanka’s foray into active politics, speculation of Priyanka Gandhi contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from her mother's constituency Rae Bareli gained ground. (Image: PTI)
The Congress, which has been marginalised in Uttar Pradesh after 1989, has come under pressure ever since the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party decided a fortnight ago to join hands in Uttar Pradesh keeping the Congress out of it. The two parties just left Rae Bareli and Amethi for the Congress. (Image: AP)
While Congress workers and leaders hailed the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi saying it would boost the party's performance in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP said such a development was only expected of a ‘family’ party that has believed in dynasty rule from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru. (Image: PTI)