Priyanka jumps into battle for UP

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Lucknow: Priyanka Gandhi is expected to hold important meetings with the states Congress office bearers on Monday, officially kicking off the election campaigning for the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

This became clear after the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee included her name to the Election Commission in the list of party leaders and personalities, who are likely to campaign for the party in the state.

Reports also claim that Priyanka might lead the campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli districts, which are represented by her brother Rahul and mother respectively in the Lok Sabha.

Priyanka, 39, had taken primary membership of the Congress in 2004 but has remained away from active politics. The sources said there is a demand for Priyanka Gandhi from all over the state but she is expected to confine herself to Rae Bareli and Amethi districts.

As Rahul will be busy with campaigning in other parts of state and Sonia is likely to divide her time among all the five states where assembly elections are scheduled, Priyanka would take care of these two districts.

“She has a personal rapport with the people of these two constituencies and it is like a second home to her,” the sources said, adding that she had been a frequent visitor to these areas and had also taken part in campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls.

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