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

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Htnation - Umesh Raghu­van­shi uraghu­van­[email protected]­dus­tan­ n

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.

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