THE PRIYANKA FOR­MULA

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has al­ready vis­ited Rae Bareli six times in the first seven months of the year, lead­ing to ru­mours of her re­plac­ing her mother in the Lok Sabha elec­tions. What is more likely is that her for­mula for ap­point­ment of party dis­trict of­fice- bear­ers will be ac­cepted. Shaken by the loss of all five Assem­bly seats in 2012 in Congress Pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi’s con­stituency, Priyanka has evolved a new sys­tem of ap­point­ing mem­bers. In­stead of be­ing nom­i­nated, party work­ers sent their CVs in a set for­mat, and were then in­ter­viewed by Priyanka. She re­peated the ex­er­cise for Ame­thi, her brother’s Lok Sabha con­stituency. The ex­er­cise will now be ex­panded across Ut­tar Pradesh. Will Priyanka man­age what poll­sters say is the im­pos­si­ble? A re­peat of Congress’s 2009 Gen­eral Elec­tions per­for­mance in Ut­tar Pradesh?

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