New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 23: Finally, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra comes out from her self-chosen shell and joins active politics. The entry is thunderous as she will be challenging Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath directly as she is given charge of Eastern UP. Yogi is also considered a star campaigner of BJP.
This responsibility has been given by her brother Rahul Gandhi, also the Congress President. It's not that Priyanka has not been taking interest in politics. She always played an important role in taking key decisions inside the party.
And finally, Priyanka is in, formally.
Jyotiraditya Scindia has been appointed Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West, while KC Venugopal has been appointed Congress General Secretary (Organisation).
Priyanka has officially joined the party, and this has been the demand of the party workers and senior leaders for a long time. Priyanka has so far only campaigned in the two family boroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi, where she has been able to tap into the mood of the votes and is extremely popular on the campaign trail.
Priyanka's presence will certainly be a shot in the arm of Congress which wants to pull all stops in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Congress plans big in Uttar Pradesh this time as its so-called friendly allies SP and BSP have maintained a distance while seat-sharing in UP.
That Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has joined politics formally is an indication that the Congress is in no mood to take any chance this time as the election is being fought for the first time under Rahul Gandhi's presidentship. And it is clear that her responsibilities won't stop with just eastern Uttar Pradesh and she will certainly go that extra mile.
Senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra appointed Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East: The responsibility given to Priyankaji is very important. This will not only have an effect on eastern Uttar Pradesh but also other regions. Senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being appointed as Congress General Secretary for Eastern UP said, "This will help in revival of Congress not only in Uttar Pradesh but the entire country. She will take charge after Feb 1 once she returns from abroad."