Be­fore UP visit, Priyanka calls for a ‘new be­gin­ning’

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - Umesh Raghu­van­shi uraghu­van­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

LUC­KNOW: A day be­fore her visit to Luc­know, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of east­ern Ut­tar Pradesh, called for a new be­gin­ning in an au­dio mes­sage cir­cu­lated by her party on Sun­day.

Rahul Gandhi, her brother and the Congress pres­i­dent, and Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia, the party’s gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of western Ut­tar Pradesh, will ac­com­pany Priyanka Gandhi dur­ing her first visit to the Ut­tar Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (UPCC) head­quar­ters on Mon­day.

In the au­dio mes­sage, Priyanka Gandhi asked the youth, women and the weaker sec­tions of so­ci­ety to join the ef­forts to build a “new fu­ture”. “I am reaching Luc­know on Mon­day to meet you all. I hope we all will make a new be­gin­ning in politics that will in­clude you all. My young friends, my sis­ters, and weak­est per­son, all will have a say. Come let’s build this new politics and a new fu­ture,” she said through the Congress’s Shakti App.

In an­other au­dio mes­sage, Scin­dia said: “I am reaching UP to­mor­row. Ut­tar Pradesh’s youth needs a way for the fu­ture and the state needs change. Come, join us to bring about this change.”

Dur­ing her visit, Priyanka Gandhi will take feed­back from party work­ers ahead of the Lok Sabha elec­tions due this sum­mer.

The UPCC of­fice has been decked up for the high-pro­file vis­its. Hoard­ings wel­com­ing the lead­ers have come up along the nearly 20km stretch from the Chaud­hary Cha­ran Singh air­port to the Congress head­quar­ters, and sev­eral other parts of the city.

“Ut­tar Pradesh is feel­ing priv­i­leged as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is be­gin­ning her ac­tive politics from here….We can see hoard­ings with slo­gans ‘Bad­lav ki aandhi, Rahul sang Priyanka Gandhi (Winds of change, with Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi)’. And these are the feel­ings of all par­ty­men. We will ac­cord her an un­prece­dented wel­come,” state Congress chief Raj Bab­bar said on Sun­day.

Although a road­side pub­lic meet­ing is be­ing planned in the Lal­bagh area, Priyanka Gandhi and the other lead­ers may also ad­dress party work­ers from a spe­cial ve­hi­cle that will carry them from the air­port to the UPCC head­quar­ters.

Bab­bar said Priyanka Gandhi and Scin­dia will hold meet­ings with par­ty­men from Fe­bru­ary 12 to 14. Priyanka Gandhi will in­ter­act with par­ty­men of 42 Lok Sabha seats and Scin­dia will have meet­ings with work­ers of 38 con­stituen­cies at the UPCC head­quar­ters, he said. UP has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the high­est in the coun­try. “Priyanka Gandhi and Jy­oti­ra­ditya (Scin­dia) will be­gin tour­ing the Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies of east and west UP, re­spec­tively, on Fe­bru­ary 18,” Bab­bar said.

Although the de­tailed pro­gramme was still be­ing worked out, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said the road shows will con­tinue till Fe­bru­ary 21. “Priyanka may be­gin her tour from Al­lah­bad’s Anand Bhawan. A pro­posal for a dip at the Kumbh is be­ing con­sid­ered,” said an­other leader.

■ Hoard­ings wel­com­ing Congress’s UP gen­eral sec­re­taries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia in Luc­know. DEEPAK GUPTA/HT

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