New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the two newly appointed Congress general secretaries for Uttar Pradesh, announced the alliance of the party with a little-known regional outfit Mahan Dal for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“I welcome Keshav Maurya ji. We will fight the elections jointly. Rahul ji has given us the task of creating a political atmosphere in which everyone is taken along and all sections of the society are represented,” Priyanka Gandhi said.
“We will contest with full might,” she asserted.
The Mahan Dal had joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2014.
In western Uttar Pradesh, the Mahan Dal contested from three Lok Sabha constituencies – Badaun, Nagina and Etah, though all lost.
The Mahan Dal claims support from the OBC voters of western UP, especially Shakyas, Mauryas and Kushwahas.
Congress joining hands with the regional outfit comes days after Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced the SP-BSP alliance in the state while elbowing out the Congress of the bonhomie.
The Samajwadi Party chief, however, asserted in the recent days that the Congress is a part of the alliance, which is why the seats of Amethi and Raebareli had been left out of the SP-BSP alliance.
The announcement came after Priyanka holding a marathon meeting with Congress workers in Lucknow, prepping the party in eastern Uttar Pradesh for the coming Lok Sabha polls.
When asked by reporters about a `muqabla’ (contest) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the newly appointed AICC office bearer said, “Kar to rahe hein Rahulji, Modiji se muqabla (Rahul Gandhi is already taking on Modi).”
Forty-one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in the state have been placed under her charge and the remaining 39 under Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia were appointed AICC general secretaries for UP east and UP west respectively in January and took charge last week.
Among the constituencies placed under Priyanka Gandhi’s charge are the key seats of Lucknow, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Phulpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, and Kushinagar.
Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Pilibhit, Dhaurahra, Kanpur and Farrukhabad are some of the key constituencies in Scindia’s charge.