New Delhi, June 16: In what appears to be a crucial strategic step, Congress is likely to announce its chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh. According to sources near to NDTV, Dixit is likely to be announced as CM candidate of the party. The speculations were made after Dixit reached the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, to attend a high-level meeting. Also Read - Mentally Unstable Man Kills Wife, 2 Daughters With Hammer in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr

Dixit was reported the third option suggested by strategist Prashant Kishor to Congress high command. Earlier, he had opined that Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi would make for the perfect chief ministerial face. However, since the two members of Gandhi family are reluctant to enter the battlefield in UP, Kishor claimed that former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit would also be an appealing candidate for the state, considering her 15-year-track record in Delhi. (ALSO READ: No ‘Achhe Din’ ahead for Prashant Kishor: Come UP & Punjab polls, Congress will sink along with the poll strategist) Also Read - Delhi MCD Election Results 2021 LIVE Updates: AAP Wins 4 Seats, Congress 1; Sisodia Lauds Victory

On Monday, Congress-in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed the urgency to announce a chief ministerial candidate in the state since in order to create a bond with the electorate. However, he ruled out the possibility of announcing Rahul Gandhi as the face of the party, calling him ‘PM material’. Also Read - BJP MP Kaushal Kishore's Son Shot By Bike-Borne Assailants In Lucknow

The assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are expected to be conducted in March 2017. The ruling Samajwadi Party has already began a door-to-door campaign across the state to consolidate its vote bank. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi has began an aggressive campaign. However, it is yet to announce its chief ministerial candidate.