“Priyanka lao” yet again

November 30 2015

The UP Assembly elections may be only in 2017, but political movements for the same are already afoot. The Congress is also warming up for the elections. A few days ago, a big group of Congress members was seen at the New Delhi-located Himachal Bhavan. If sources are to be believed, party’s prominent leaders from the state, such as Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Sanjay Kapoor and Abrar Rizvi are back to chanting the “Priyanka lao, Congress bachao” (Bring Priyanka, save the Congress) slogan. A known Dalit leader of UP Congress P L Punia got a tad miffed at this and commented in a straightforward way, “Rahul ji is overlooking the national affairs for now, he is also looking at UP and we have complete confidence in his leadership. Thus, the party’s command should remain with him for the 2017 Assemble elections.” At the same time, others such as Rita Bahuguna were of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should remain the focus of national politics but should be thrown into the UP political cauldron only if and when it becomes essential. Thus, if Priyanka is handed over the reins of the upcoming elections in UP, the party might get a new surge of life. Now both sides will present their case to Sonia; after all, the final decision rests with the mother.

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