Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been appointed as Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) by party president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, weeks ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls.
"As per the statement by the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi appointed KC Venugopal as AICC General Secretary in Karnataka and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the AICC General Secretary from UP (East) with immediate effect."
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. Ghulam Nabi Azad has been appointed as the GS for Haryana. The appointment letter has been officially signed by Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
Read the full statement here-
While Priyanka Gandhi 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. Priyanka Gandhi's entry into the Congress has been much heralded, especially whenever elections concerning Uttar Pradesh are around the corner. Ahead of the 2017 U.P Assembly elections, Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra had addressed public meetings, though nowhere near in the same quantities as Rahul Gandhi.
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.
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.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had stormed to victory in a monumental 71 seats, which went a long way towards the party getting a majority in the lower house. The Congress only managed to win in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the bastions of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi respectively. The SP only won five seats, while the BSP didn't manage to win any.
Speaking about the appointment of her sister Priyanka into Congress, party chief Rahul Gandhi expressed happiness and called it a 'good decision':
"I am very happy that my sister, who is very capable, will work with me. I am personally very happy," he said.
Congress party's official Twitter handle posted a congratulatory message for the newly-appointed leaders. Read here: