As Rahul Gandhi is trailing with a huge margin, of close to 19,000, against BJP's Smriti Irani in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, and Congress has been reduced to leading in close to just 50 states, the party has begun its campaign to shield Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from taking accountability of the party's poor performance.
Congress leader Rajeev Shukla, when asked about Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's role, came to her immediate defense saying that she had limited role which was actually with regards to the Vidhan Sabha elections alone.
"We are disappointed but don't feel hopeless and will continue to play our role as the Opposition. Priyanka's role was limited as she was given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh east for the Vidhan Sabha. Do not drag her in the Lok Sabha elections," he said
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The counting of votes began at 8 am on May 23 in each of the 542 constituencies (the Vellore Lok Sabha polls had been countermanded).
With high-pitched and intense election campaigning, the 2019 polls spanned seven phases across two months, ended on May 19, witnessing the Election Commission handling 22.3 lakh ballot units, 17.3 lakh VVPATs and 16.3 lakh control units.
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