Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is more likely to shift base to Lucknow later this month. Her new cope with is predicted to be Kaul House in Lucknow’s Gokhale Marg locality, house of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s sister-in-law and previous Union minister, overdue Sheila Kaul.
Predictably, Priyanka’s transfer – hastened through the Centre’s choice to evict her from her 35, Lodhi Estate place of dwelling in Delhi – has been welcomed through Congress staff in UP. What continues to be noticed, regardless that, is whether or not Priyanka’s presence in Lucknow will do anything else considerable to if truth be told revive the Congress within the politically vital state.
Since 1991, the Congress birthday celebration has unsuccessfully examined quite a lot of revival methods in UP; an erstwhile bastion the place it was once driven to the perimeter through an ever ascendant politics of mandal and kamandal. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi succeeded partly when the Congress controlled to wrest 21 of the state’s 80 seats – its highest tally since 1991. The positive aspects, alternatively, had been misplaced briefly. In the 2012 meeting polls, Rahul’s competitive marketing campaign, Digvijaya Singh’s wily maneuvers or even election strategist Prashant Kishor’s experience did not wrest the Congress’s downslide. Rahul’s 2d strive through piggy-riding on Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav within the 2017 meeting polls with a SP-Congress alliance too got here a cropper.
On January 23 remaining 12 months, when Rahul – then the Congress president – appointed Priyanka because the birthday celebration’s basic secretary in-charge of jap UP (Jyotiraditya Scindia was once given payment of western UP), he conceded that he wasn’t anticipating any fast effects. Rahul was once proper. Priyanka couldn’t even lend a hand him retain his Amethi seat within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls; the lone Congress winner in UP was once Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.
Priyanka’s efforts at reviving the Congress in UP had been sporadic so far. She hit the suitable notes remaining July along with her protest towards the brutal caste-violence incident in Sonbhadra however did not construct a statewide agitation towards Yogi Adityanath’s govt. Earlier this 12 months, she joined motive with the anti-CAA protestors in Lucknow however the coronavirus-induced lockdown derailed her momentum.
For the previous 3 months now, she has been attacking the Adityanath regime on quite a lot of fronts – from refusing her request to supply buses for ferrying migrants stranded because of the lockdown to an alleged rip-off in appointment of presidency college academics and the visual deterioration of regulation and order. Yet, the Congress revival plan turns out to revolve simply round her. In a state the place many years of political irrelevance have impulsively eroded the Congress cadre, Priyanka must shovel the mud to search out staff. She has a possibility to take action for the reason that different two regional forces – Mayawati’s BSP and Akhilesh Yadav’s SP – are at this time lacking in motion.
If central probe businesses revive investigations towards her husband, Robert Vadra, it should seem to be a case of political intimidation through the BJP, giving Priyanka motive for taking part in a sympathy card. However, as a but untested chief with out a cadre to enforce her plans at the grassroots, it might take Priyanka a lot more than a Lucknow cope with to truly rev up the Congress.
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