The Congress today released its list of 40 star campaigners for the upcoming Assembly polls, naming Priyanka Gandhi as one of the star campaigners for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi will be campaigning in Amethi, Rae Bareli, Chandauli, Ghaziabad and Saharanpur. Sheila Dikshit, Manmohan Singh are amongst the other star campaigners.
Only a few days back, Priyanka successfully stitched up an alliance with the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state where Congress got 105 seats and the SP 298.
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Prashant Kishor, hired as chief election strategist for the Congress, pushed early for Priyanka Gandhi as the party’s presumptive Chief Minister, but failed to impress the party with his suggestion. Instead, it opted for 78-year-old Sheila Dikhsit who has governed Delhi multiple times. Akhilesh Yadav is now the alliance’s Chief Ministerial candidate.
Sources in Akhilesh Yadav’s party have said they would like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to share stage space with his wife, Dimple Yadav, who is a member of parliament; but Congress leaders said that wish will not be fulfilled. Other Congress heavyweights who will be used for public meetings include her brother and mother as also former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.