Rahul, Priyanka, Jyotiraditya kick-start poll campaign in UP
Lucknow, Feb 11 (IBNS): Aiming to gain lost ground in the northern state, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, party in-charge for eastern and western Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia respectively, kick-started campaign trails on Monday.
The three leaders have started a roadshow in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.
This is the first time Priyanka visited the state after joining in active politics around two weeks ago.
On Sunday, she released an audio message where she said: "Hello, this is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaking."
"Tomorrow, I am going to Lucknow to meet all of you. I have hope in my heart that together we can begin a new kind of politics. It will be a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders. From my young friends, my sisters and even the weakest person, all their voices will be heard in this kind of politics," she was quoted as saying in Hindi.
They are expected to address the crowd and media at Lalbagh trisection.
Congress' decision to appoint Priyanka as the in-charge came days after the SP and BSP stitched an alliance leaving the country's oldest political party alone to fight the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Congress President @RahulGandhi GS Incharges UP East & West @priyankagandhi & @JM_Scindia greet the thousands of well wishers gathered along the path of their roadshow in Lucknow. #NayiUmeedNayaDesh pic.twitter.com/BvDyDjLSAX— Congress (@INCIndia) February 11, 2019
However, Rahul stated his party will "play on a front foot" in Uttar Pradesh.
In 2014 General Elections, the Congress had managed to win only their bastions, Amethi and Rae Bareli seats.
The SP-BSP alliaince has left Amethi and Rae Bareli, which are the parliamentary constituencies of Rahul and his mother Sonia Gandhi, for the Congress.
Images credit: Congress Twitter