Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday, finally marking the formal entry in politics. The announcement was made by the Indian National Congress and Priyanka will take charge starting February.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor took to Twitter and Congratulated Priyanka Gandhi saying that it was"real news" that Priyanka "finally decided to take plunge".
Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on an edition of Nation Wants To Know, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who had strategised the Congress (later Congress-SP) campaign in Uttar Pradesh, had revealed that he had pushed for Priyanka Gandhi being heavily involved in the election campaign, though his suggestions were not approved at the highest echelons of the party's leadership.
While Priyanka Gandhi has had been involved in the decision making of the Congress party's decision along with her mother UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, now she has been entitled with an official role in the party's political affairs. She has always restricted her role in political discourses of her brother Rahul Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi's constituencies Amethi and Rae Bareli respectively.
This decision has come at a time when the recently formed alliance between Akhilesh Yadav's SP- Mayawati's BSP snubbed the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh and decided to contest 50:50 seats in the state, while leaving the Congress' bastions Amethi and Rae Bareli for the party.
Meanwhile, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who lost the Chief Minister's seat from Madhya Pradesh to senior party Kamal Nath during the assembly election, has been appointed as the General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West.