Lok Sabha elections 2019: Priyanka Gandhi to discuss poll strategy with Congress…

Congress general secretary (east UP) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will interact with party workers here on Sunday to review the state unit’s preparedness for the Lok Sabha election.

The interaction has been scheduled a day before she begins her river journey from Prayagraj to Varanasi (March 18 to 20) and launches the party’s poll campaign. A late night report quoting the Prayagraj district administration said permission had been given for the river journey.

In Lucknow, the Congress general secretary will meet a number of delegations of those who have been holding demonstrations against the BJP government and also interact with people to take feedback about implementation of various programmes.

“Priyanka is going to have a busy day after arriving at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters here on Sunday. A detailed programme of her meetings with party leaders and organisations having grievances against BJP led government’s functioning at the Centre and in the state is still being worked out,” said a party leader.

Preparations are afoot for Priyanka’s river journey from Prayagraj to Varanasi beginning on Monday.

When Priyanka storms into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday morning, she proposes to visit former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s residence in Ramnagar area of Varanasi. She will offer ‘puja’ at Kashi Vishwanath temple, meet party workers and attend a ‘Holi Milan’ programme in Varanasi before returning to New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

On the way, she will meet the family members of a CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama terror attack, visit ‘mazar’ of Maulana Ismail Chisti, have ‘darshan at Vindhyavasini temple and Chandrika Devi temple and meet members of boatmen communities and the handloom weavers etc.

Although the Uttar Pradesh Congress has refused to share Priyanka’s programme with the media, a letter written by the party’s state unit to authorities seeking permission for her tour is being circulated on the social media.

State Congress president Raj Babbar has reached sharply to the circulation of Priyanka’s programme on social media and said the itinerary was still being finalized and sent to authorities.

“We will soon share the programme. We welcome the enthusiasm about Priyanka’s programme,” he said.

First Published:
Mar 17, 2019 07:48 IST

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