Priyanka readies for greater role in politics?

Priyanka readies for greater role in politics?

Usually confined to the background, Priyanka Vadra has taken centre stage in the hard-nosed negotiations for the alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the  Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

For the first time, the Congress publicly acknowledged Priyanka’s role in thrashing out a deal with the SP, which was seen in party circles as an indication of a larger role for Priyanka in politics.
Priyanka, the younger sister of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, was the sounding board for ideas and the ‘go-to person’ for matters related to the Parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli.

But since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, she has moved to strategy-making for the Congress campaigns and taking a keen interest in matters related to Uttar Pradesh, a state where the party has been out of power for three decades.

Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to the Congress president, took to Twitter to acknowledge Priyanka’s role in the negotiations with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Minutes after the Congress-SP alliance was announced, AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, the election in-charge for UP, thanked Priyanka for her role in the negotiations.

“Discussion was at highest level between CM(UP), GS I/C & Priyanka Gandhi,” Patel tweeted.
The leaders of the Congress and the SP have been discussing the alliance for quite some time but talks appeared to have snapped after Akhilesh reneged on the 120 seats he had promised to the Congress. Priyanka is learnt to have swung into action by speaking to Akhilesh late Saturday night to salvage the alliance.

Congress workers from UP have long been demanding a greater role for Priyanka in the state, particularly in campaigning. Joint rallies by Priyanka and Dimple Yadav, the wife of Akhilesh, have also been talked about.

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