Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Lucknow today

for the first time in 50 years, a member of the Gandhi family will spend 4 days at the Congress party's UP state headquarters.

NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will reach Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow this morning to kick off a rally accompanied by her brother Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, seen as the Congress’ big hope for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, announced her entry into politics as the party’s general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh two weeks ago. Reviving Congress fortunes in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh will be a symbolic victory for the party as Allahabad has been home to the Nehru family and was also former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Sastri’s Lok Sabha seat. Neighbouring Phulpur used to be India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s Lok Sabha seat.

According to a report, for the first time in 50 years, a member of the Gandhi family will spend 4 days at the Congress party’s UP state headquarters. Earlier in the 70s, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Feroze Gandhi used to visit the party headquarters regularly. Vadra will reach Lucknow’s Amausi airport at 12 noon and from there a roadshow to party headquarters (which are 14 km away) will be taken out.

According to media reports, Priyanka and Rahul will hold a joint press conference soon after the roadshow ends.

As per the Congress party sources, Priyanka will spend around 13 hours every day at the party HQ, meeting party workers until all the 42 Lok Sabha seats are reviewed. Jyotiraditya Scindia will also be present during this interaction.

The double-storeyed Congress party headquarters at Mall Avenue which will host Vadra and Scindia has been completely renovated.

Congress party workers are gearing up to welcome Vadra and will be donning t-shirts with the imprint of her face on it.

Ahead of her mega road show in the UP capital, Vadra released an audio message and appealed to the party workers to initiate a “new kind of politics” which listens to the voices of the poor and the marginalised.

“I have hope in my heart that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders — my young friends, my sisters, and even the weakest person, all their voices will be heard. Come, let’s build a new future, new politics with me,” she said in an audio message.

The Congress president had appointed Priyanka as party in-charge of UP east last month in January.