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Priyanka's joining will help Congress: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Priyanka's joining will help Congress: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Jan 2019, 02:19 pm

Mumbai, Jan 25 (IBNS): BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena's president Uddhav Thackeray has said Congress will gain from Priyanka Gandhi's formal entry into the party.

In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, of which he is the editor, The Indian Express quoted Thackeray as saying: "Priyanka Gandhi looks exactly like Indira Gandhi, which is reflected in her demeanour as well. The Congress will certainly gain in the Hindi heartland. Despite fears that Robert Vadera’s secret deals would come out in open, she has taken the plunge in active politics… The Priyanka cannon is firing and if she pulls in crowds for her rallies, she will emerge as the trump card just like Indira Gandhi was.”

The Sena chief also expressed his support for Rahul Gandhi and slammed the BJP for calling Congress president a failure.

“Rahul Gandhi... has cornered the government on Rafale issue. Forget about this, in three key states, Congress has snatched power from BJP and revived a dying Congress. Not giving him credit is a reflection of bad intentions,” he said.

He also praised Rahul for the stand he took despite the BSP and SP forming and alliance in Uttar Pradesh and not including the Congress. He wrote: “BSP and SP kept Congress out of their seat-sharing equations. But Rahul Gandhi did not create a ruckus and with utmost restraint said there was no problem and that the Congress would fight all seats in Uttar Pradesh and wherever possible will help SP and BSP. Taking this stand and bringing Priyanka into politics shows there is a plan in place and it will benefit the Congress.”

On the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "family jibe" at the Congress, the Sena chief said: “If people have accepted their heirs, why are some people getting stomach ache?”

Shortly after Priyanka's formal entry into the Congress on Wednesday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rout had said "acche din"  had come for the Congress.

"I have been noticing for the past two months that the Congress's acche din have come after they won the elections in three states. Ever since, I felt that Priyanka ji will enter politics in Uttar Pradesh."

"Achhe din" was BJP's refrain during its 2014 general election campaign.

"This is a good decision by Rahul Gandhi and the people of this country have always had a relationship with the Gandhi family. Indira Gandhi's legacy will always remain in this country... the Congress will benefit from this," NDTV quoted Raut as saying.

Apparently in reaction to the development in the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said individual families ran most political parties in India, but when it comes to the BJP, the party was family to the members.

Interacting with party functionaries in Maharashtra through video conferencing, Modi said: "No decisions are taken in the BJP keeping in mind the preferences of an individual or a family."

The Congress on Wednesday gave Priyanka Gandhi the responsibility of eastern Uttar Pradesh where the constituencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Varanasi) and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath (Gorakhpur) are located.