Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched ‘mission UP’ with her first visit to the state of Uttar Pradesh, today, after having been appointed as the Congress general secretary in-charge for eastern UP last month. She was accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the party general secretary for western UP.
They together launched 15-km road show in Lucknow, as a mark of efforts to revive Congress fortunes in the politically critical state. Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi were welcomed by the party cadre at Lalbagh crossing, opposite Emma Thompson school in Lucknow, with slogans such as ‘Desh ke samman mein, Priyanka ji maidan me’, hailing Priyanka Gandhi.
Congress workers have planned a roadshow for the three leaders when they travel from the airport to the party’s state headquarter. The party in Uttar Pradesh is seeing the visit as the virtual launch of the Congress campaign in the state, ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections.
At Transport Nagar metro station, Amethi leaders help placards to welcome the trio – Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia. People are also lining up on both sides of the trail to take selfies with the bus.UPCC president Raj Babbar, senior UP leaders RPN Singh and Anu Tandon are also with the trio on the bus’ deck.
The procession of party workers and supporters around the bus of Priyanka Gandhi caused a huge traffic jam at the point where road from the airport meets with the arterial road. During the Congress party’s mega roadshow, president Rahul Gandhi showed a cardboard cut-out of Rafale jet to the sea of crowd, using the campaign to target the BJP government over Rafale deal.