Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi, party’ UP West General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia along with Congress Uttar Pradesh Chief Raj Babbar on Thursday held a discussion at Congress War Room located at 15, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road in New Delhi to discuss Poll Strategies.
The Meeting that was called to discuss the Lok Sabha Polls 2019 planning culminated at around midnight. The Uttar Pradesh Top Brass Leadership came hours after Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party announced its seat-sharing arrangement in Uttar Pradesh.
As per seat sharing deal, BSP will field its candidates of 38 seats while SP settles for 37 seats. However, the SP-BSP alliance will leave Congress Bastions Amethi and Rae Bareli.
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Delhi: Congress General Secretary for UP east Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary for UP west Jyotiraditya Scindia and UP Congress chief Raj Babbar leave from Congress war room (15, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road). The meeting was called over the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. pic.twitter.com/tkJTBCNL0U
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2019
According to sources, Discussions in the meeting were held regarding the Uttar Pradesh State President post, however, it was concluded not to make any change in State President as Lok Sabha Polls are just weeks away. Raj Babbar currently holds the Top Post in Congress in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the party’s state functionary, Workers in their interaction with the Priyanka Gandhi has appreciated the role of Raj Babbar as the UP Chief but were critical of his work in terms of managing the Organization. However, with Lok Sabha Polls approaching fast, it has been decided not to make any change.
The Idea of having two state presidents in the state that sends 80 MPs was also kept aside.
Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia were appointed AICC general secretary in-charge of UP East and UP west respectively in January and took charge earlier this month. Priyanka Gandhi has been assigned the responsibility to look after 41 seats Lok Sabha Seats while Scindia will look after party’s affairs in remaining 39 seats. Uttar Pradesh has a total of 80 Lok Sabha Seats.
Priyanka and Scindia had recently done a massive roadshow in Lucknow on February 13 to begin their Poll Campaign. Congress President Rahul Gandhi was also present along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiradity Scindia held a series of discussions with party workers last week in Lucknow, with at least one session lasting through the night.
Priyanka Gandhi earlier this week also held interaction with Party Workers in Bundelkhand. She reportedly said, ‘I cannot do a miracle. I need your support for strengthening the party in the state,” said the leader, quoting Priyanka.
With Samajwadi Party(SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) stitched an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Congress has intensified its efforts to revive the party for Lok Sabha Polls 2019 in the state that sends 80 parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.