En­thu­si­asm runs high at UPCC HQ

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Sau­rabh Chauhan Sau­[email protected]

LUC­KNOW: A street food ven­dor out­side the Ut­tar Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (UPCC) head­quar­ters here says he has not seen such en­thu­si­asm among the party work­ers here be­fore.

“They are work­ing day and night to dec­o­rate the party of­fice and the street,” says Shiv Kumar Gupta, the ven­dor, on the eve of newly ap­pointed party gen­eral sec­re­tary in­charge of east UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s ar­rival here.

Priyanka, ac­com­pa­nied by her brother, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and her coun­ter­part for western UP Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scindiya, will reach the party of­fice here by Mon­day noon.

They are work­ing day and night to dec­o­rate the party of­fice and the street SHIV KUMAR GUPTA, street food ven­dor

Priyanka’s en­try in pol­i­tics has en­thused the cadre. Party work­ers see Indira in her RAMASHANKAR TI­WARI, a party worker

Nehru Bha­van, the party head­quar­ters at 10 Mall Av­enue, has been dec­o­rated for the oc­ca­sion.

There are hoard­ings car­ry­ing pic­tures of Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi, Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia and other party lead­ers. But it is Priyanka’s im­age that dom­i­nates the ban­ners.

Ramashankar Ti­wari, a party worker from east­ern UP, says, “Priyanka’s en­try in pol­i­tics has

en­thused the cadre. Party work­ers see Indira in her.” Ti­wari has been camp­ing here for the last two days.

Youth Congress and Na­tional Stu­dent Union of In­dia (NSUI) ac­tivists have taken up the work of dec­o­rat­ing the party of­fice and Rajiv Chowk, where a bust of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Rajiv Gandhi is in­stalled, with party flags, posters, hoard­ings and standees.

Some of the hoard­ings also have pic­tures of for­mer Prime Min­is­ters Jawa­har­lal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi.

Shankar Gupta, who has been run­ning a litti chokha stall out­side the Congress of­fice for the last five-six years says, “The flurry of po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity at the Congress of­fice has proven ben­e­fi­cial for us. From 9am to 11pm, we are busy at­tend­ing cus­tomers.”

Many in the party of­fice were seen hand­ing over their vis­it­ing cards to the lo­cal lead­ers.

“All can’t meet top lead­ers, so they want to build links with lo­cal lead­ers. An­tic­i­pat­ing a re­jig in the state, dis­tricts units, work­ers have as­pi­ra­tions and this is sign of en­thu­si­asm,” a party leader says.

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