Video: Rahul eulogises Priyanka, "She is very capable; we will play on the frontfoot, not back foot

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 23: Congress President Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency Amethi from today, and was surrounded by the curious media which wanted him to respond to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's official entry into politics. Co-incidentally it was announced today itself that Priyanka has been appointed Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East which means that she has been pitched against the BJP star-campaigner and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.Rahul said he was very happy that his sister Priyanka will assist him in UP in the Lok Sabha polls. "She is very capable. We will play on the front foot, not backfoot," he said, and added, "Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia are powerful leaders. We wanted the young leaders to change Uttar Pradesh politics.  Jyotiraditya Scindia bhi bahut dynamic leader hain. BJP wale ghabraaye hue hain. The BJP is scared."On the BSP-SP alliance in the UP, Rahul added, "We have no enmity with Mayawatiji and Akhileshji. In fact, I respect them a lot. We are ready to cooperate with them wherever possible. Ultimately the aim of all three of us is to defeat BJP, but yes, our fight is to save the Congress ideology.The BJP said Priyanka Gandhi's formal entry into the Congress is an admission by the party that Rahul Gandhi has "failed" in providing leadership,  slamming the "family alliance". BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Congress president has opted for a "family alliance" after facing "rejection" from various parties of the proposed grand alliance.Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal hurled an accusation, "It’s a stamp by Congress and Rahul Gandhi on his utter failure, the fact that no ‘gathbandhan’ is wanting to shake hands with Congress in any state, they were becoming irrelevant,they had to play this Eastern UP card, to ensure Rahul and Sonia Ji’s seats."There are jubilation and celebrations in Congress though.Renuka Choudhary of Congress said, "It is a brilliant step by Rahul Ji, the BJP is rattled, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, this decision is something that has been speculated forever, and I think we should all wait for more surprises just before the elections."