When Priyanka Enters Politics, Robert Vadra Will Be BJP’s Big Target

With the Congress-Samajwadi Vijay Rath rolling out in Lucknow on Sunday, a day after the BJP unrolled its comprehensive manifesto, the battle lines in UP are now firmly drawn. The third angle of the triangle, four-time Chief Minister Mayawati’s agenda, was already apparent a few days earlier. Customarily, she believes less in paraphernalia such as manifestos, and focuses more narrowly on choosing candidates after microscopic calculation of a constituency’s caste/community profile.

As Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s joint campaign got underway, the one big question remained unanswered: will Priyanka Gandhi finally take the plunge into the campaign across the state rather than confining herself as before to the Nehru-Gandhi pocket boroughs of Amethi and Raebareli? For several weeks, the media was agog with reports of her backroom role. It was claimed that it was she who orchestrated the Congress-SP alliance by persuading Akhilesh Yadav to concede a few more seats than his initial offer. Even earlier, it was suggested that under poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s scheme, Priyanka Gandhi would lead the Congress’s UP campaign, although she would not field herself as a candidate. But Prashant Kishor’s original plan has gone awry anyway with Sheila Dikshit withdrawing in favour of the alliance nominee for Chief Minister, the incumbent Akhilesh Yadav.

Once again, Priyanka Gandhi has kept her party workers and the country at large guessing if and when she would directly enter the electoral fray. This is notwithstanding further speculation that she may contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Raebareli, considering her mother’s indifferent health. Would her formal entry into the fray have made a difference? We can only guess. However, the Congress-SP tie-up is strong enough as it is with approximately 36 per cent votes, adding up their 2012 assembly performance. In any case, fielding Rahul and Priyanka as props to Akhilesh Yadav may run counter to Sonia Gandhi’s long-term plans for her children and her party.



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