Priyanka now a star campaigner for Congress

Priyanka now a star campaigner for Congress

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has spread her wings beyond Uttar Pradesh as the Congress' star campaigner as she hit the campaign trail in Assam on Sunday.

Amid calls for her to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Priyanka has drawn up plans for an extensive campaign that is expected to take her to Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala next week.

Appointed as the AICC General Secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh in January by her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka was in Silchar in Assam on Sunday to campaign for Sushmita Dev, the President of the Mahila Congress, who is seeking a re-election from the Lok Sabha seat.

After a tour of Fatehpur Sikri, to campaign for UP Congress chief Raj Babbar, Priyanka is scheduled to travel to Amethi to review the campaign strategies for Rahul.

She will be in Gujarat's Banaskantha district on Friday and spend the weekend in Wayanad in Kerala, Rahul's second Lok Sabha seat where election will take place on April 23.

Prior to her appointment as AICC General Secretary, Priyanka had confined herself to managing the twin constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi respectively.

With the response Priyanka had received on the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, there have been demands from party leaders that she contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi against Modi.

Suspense still alive

During a recent visit to Rae Bareli, Priyanka had asked "why not Varanasi" when she was asked about contesting the Lok Sabha polls from her mother's constituency.

Congress has not ruled out fielding Priyanka as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

"You will get to know when the party takes a decision in this regard. I do not have any answer for your question," Congress spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters here when asked about the buzz over Priyanka's poll debut.

On Saturday, the Congress party had kept up the suspense alive on its candidate against Narendra Modi in Varanasi. Congress announced the candidature of Rajesh Mishra, who had earlier represented Varanasi, from neighbouring Salempur.