Priyanka, Scindia marthan sessions with cadre, seeks ground realities

The new AICC General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, during their first visit to Lucknow, after assigning the task of reviving pafrty fortunes in politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, they had marthan interactive sessions during first three days, The cadre reaching from districts interacted with them in batches.

The consultations concluded this morning spending the entire night, for over 15 hours with out a gap, both of them said that they are now trying to know ground realities in the state and also prevailing party structure.

While Priyanka is given the task of 41 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, Scindia will looks after remaining 39 constituencies. Though their immediate task is to prepare the party cadre for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi told them don’t expect miracles within a gap of two years, but aim at winning assembly elections scheduled to be in 2022.

The 47-year-old Priyanka was closeted with grass-root workers at the Congress office on Mall Avenue till early on Wednesday. She told reporters that for now she was trying to understand the party structure and “ground realities” from the workers and was “learning a lot from them”.

The focus, she added, was to get the basics on how to contest the Lok Sabha elections so that the party can improve its tally — compared to the paltry two it won in 2014.Back from Jaipur where her husband Robert Vadra is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, Priyanka Gandhi began the meetings on Tuesday afternoon and the deliberations went on till early Wednesday morning.

The Congress is set to contest the Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh on its own after the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party entered into an alliance but kept away the Congress. Priyanka Gandhi was meeting district presidents of the party and workers of six Lok Sabha seats after the initial round covered eight Lok Sabha constituencies, a party leader said.

Other than getting detailed knowledge of every constituency, Priyanka Gandhi also sought details such as booth numbers where the workers are from, the strength of voters there and their social media connectivity. “We were asked if we have a Facebook account and whether we are active on Twitter. A form has been given to us to fill and submit,” a worker said.

Leaders and party workers from Faizabad, Basti and Ambedkarnagar were among those who met her on Wednesday. Those from Gonda, Baansgaon, Sant Kabeernagar, Gorakhpur, Bahraich, Padrauna and Salempur Lok Sabha seats will interact with her later.

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