In a big political move, the Congress party has reportedly given the charge of Uttar Pradesh to General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, sources told on Monday. This development has come days after Jyotiraditya Scindia also announced his resignation from the post of General Secretary for UP (West) taking accountability of the loss of the party in the state.
While an array of Congress leaders including Scindia, Milind Deora, latest being Navjot Singh Sidhu, have resigned from their posts, Priyanka Gandhi has been elevated to the post of UP Congress chief, sources said. However, an official confirmation is still awaited from the Grand Old Party.
Earlier in June, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee's (UPCC) office-bearers resigned from their posts, adding to the mass resignations, following the party's embarrassing defeat in the elections. After this, Congress dissolved its district committees in UP in a bit to set its house in order, and had set up a three-member panel to look into complaints of gross indiscipline during the election in the state.
Notably, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed the General Secretary for UP (East) earlier this year in January days after she entered the political fray ahead of the general elections. Her appointment in UP Congress and election campaigning, however, failed to weave the magic in the state after the Grand Old Party lost massively, retaining only one seat of Raebareli, which was won by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Following the defeat, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held regular meetings with the party workers in the state as part of her plans for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Rahul Gandhi quit as the Congress chief on July 3, taking responsibility for the defeat of the party in the 2019 Parliamentary polls. Since then, the Congress party has been facing troubles finding their new chief. Priyanka Gandhi hailed Rahul Gandhi's decision after he hung his boots, and said that she had the deepest respect for his decision.