THE PRIYANKA FORMULA
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?