Priyanka Gandhi’s visit assumes significance as she came to Lucknow just a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expanded his council of ministers by inducting Jitin Prasad and six others – mainly from the backward and Dalit community.
Priyanka arrived in Lucknow on September 27 on a five-day visit to discuss the party’s preparedness for the upcoming assembly polls.
As per Congress party sources, Priyanka Gandhi has envisaged setting up war rooms right up to district level, aimed at receiving feedback from the ground and taking prompt decisions.
“The other issues that she discussed included the route of the party’s ‘Pratigya Yatra’, setting up training camps for booth management and party units at the village level,” said Anil.
According to reliable sources, the Congress leaders have already begun preparations for the Varanasi rally. “This is going to be a grand rally being organised to give a message of change to people across the state,” Rajesh Mishra, a senior Congress leader, and former Varanasi MP, was quoted as saying by the media.
This is Priyanka Gandhi’s second visit to the state in September. On September 13, she wrapped up her five-day tour of UP during which she declared Congress was planning to declare candidates well in time for the upcoming elections.
Congress – which has declared that no pre-poll alliance will be done this time – had contested the 2017 assembly polls in alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Congress had managed to win just seven of the 114 seats it had contested with a vote share of 6.25 per cent.