New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra daughter of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi has not said yes to campaign for upcoming state assembly election in Uttar Pradesh lined up in 2017.
Although the party is hopeful that she will agree to get associated with the party for campaigning purpose.
Party’s Rajya Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh Congress campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh said today, “We have been requesting her to campaign for a long time now. We are hopeful that she will give her consent to campaign.”
Singh told media persons, “As of now, she has not said ‘yes’..But we are confident that she will agree.”
When media people asked about media reports saying that Priyanka will play a “major role” in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year, he said: “I am not saying it is ‘incorrect or correct’.”
Priyanka attended the party’s strategy meeting on Uttar Pradesh elections here on Friday along with brother and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.
Asked if anything has been finalised on the selection of candidates for the assembly polls in UP,Singh said: “The process is going on. Very soon we’ll announce the list.”
The next strategy meeting of Congress party will be held after November 22nd.
Asked about Congress’ polls strategist Prashant Kishor’s fate, Singh declined to say anything and said that only party General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad can comment.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with Rahul and Priyanka, on November 21st will be in Allahabad to attend a photo exhibition on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s life to mark her birth centenary anniversary celebrations.
Earlier, Priyanka confined her electoral campaigning to constituencies of her mother and brother Rahul Gandhi (Rae Bareli and Amethi).
Congress has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for over three decades. The party has also not won any major state assembly poll since its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.