Priyanka Gandhi To Be The Face Of Congress In UP Assembly Elections?

10/06/2016 7:41 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 21: Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, leaves after paying tributes to her father former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, on his 25th death anniversary at his memorial, Veer Bhumi, on May 21, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Sonia said that Rajiv Gandhi ensured the participation of youngsters and the deprived sections in the country's development process. The former PM started the process of change that led to the gains that are visible in society, economy and politics, 'which we talk about loudly today', Sonia added. Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Staring at an identity crisis after being washed out of the recently concluded assembly elections in four states, the Indian National Congress is likely to field Priyanka Gandhi as its chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh, according to news reports.

Although the Gandhi scion has so far resisted the temptation to enter active politics, news reports said there was a greater force being mobilised within the party to bring in Priyanka as the party’s face in upcoming assembly elections in UP.

Prashant Kishor, the high profile strategist roped in by the party, has suggested that Priyanka should be called upon if the party wants to undergo an image makeover.

Being called the Brahmastra of the party, Priyanka is likely to be seen campaigning hard in the UP elections and will be given a bigger role in the 2019 union elections.

Calling the decision more personal than political, sources told Tehelka that the continuous attack on her husband Robert Vadra by the ruling party has strengthened her resolve to actively fight the battle.

According to news reports, the 44-year-old Priyanka is likely to contest from Amethi, taking head on Union HRD minister Smriti Irani. Rahul Gandhi will contest from Rae Bareli.

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