New Delhi: Congress in-charge for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi is in Lucknow today to meet the party cadre and hold review meetings with the members of state Congress committee.

Gandhi reached the state capital at 10:30am and then headed to the Congress office from the Amausi airport. During her visit, Priyanka Gandhi is also expected to meet party candidates who fought the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

 

The Congress is contesting the Lok Sabha polls alone in Uttar Pradesh which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha. The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal are contesting in an alliance.

In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Apna Dal had won 73 seats while the Congress had managed to win only two. The Samajwadi Party had won five seats and the BSP had drawn a blank in the state.

A DAY EXTRA?

Her Lucknow visit comes a day ahead of her three-day campaign tour in Uttar Pradesh, starting from her great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthplace Prayagraj (March 18) and culminating at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi (March 20).

According to Congress leaders, during her three-day programme, she will cover a distance of over 140 km through four districts of the state — Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), Bhadohi, Mirzapur and Varanasi — by steamer as well as car.

The seven-phased Lok Sabha elections are scheduled from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Priyanka Gandhi is shouldering an important task of reviving the fortunes of Congress in the most electorally crucial state in India that sends 80 lawmakers to the parliament.

 

With IANS inputs