Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will raise Ganga and nationalism as her key poll pitches. The boat ride, which will start at Manaiya and culminate at Sitamarhi on Monday along the Ganga, will be the first day of Priyanka’s three-day campaign, which is scheduled to end at PM Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi.
As per a schedule launched by the Congress party Sunday, Priyanka will start her boat ride from Manaiya at 9:30am where she will do a “boat pe charcha” with a delegation of students. From there, she will go to Dumduma at 11am, where she will have a public meeting. After that, she will land at the Sirsa ghat at noon to a reception and will visit a village.
Priyanka is also scheduled to meet the family of martyrs of the Pulwama attack during her three-day campaign. “Nationalism and Ganga are some of the BJP’s key election clarions, and her endeavour will be to beat the BJP at their own game from their home turf,” said a party leader.
Priyanka was announced the general secretary of the party in January this year, given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh East. Party workers from the UP unit said that while she will only be able to show effects in the 2022 assembly elections, she is doing what it takes at the moment. “This is just the first aid, the surgery will take place much later,” said a leader, explaining the situation of the party. With a barebone party structure in place, she has a lot of work to do to show results.
As soon as she took over, Priyanka has stitched alliances with small regional parties, and on Sunday Raj Babbar announced that they will leave seven seats for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance. These seats include Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad, RLD’s Jayant and Ajit Singh’s seats as well as BSP supremo Mayawati’s seat. The party had on Saturday announced two seats to the Krishna Patel faction of the Apna Dal: Gonda and Pilibhit.