New Delhi, Jan 23: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the appointment of his sister Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia as General Secretaries for Uttar Pradesh is a "big step" to spread the party's ideology and to rebuild its base and declared that his party will cooperate with the BSP and SP to defeat the BJP in whatever ways possible.
Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was rattled, Gandhi said it was up to Priyanka Gandhi to decide whether or not to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections.
"I fully respect Akhileshji and Mayawatiji. They have done their alliance and they are not our enemies. We are fighting together. If remaining parties want to join us, it is welcome," he told reporters after the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia was announced.
"Their (SP and BSP) ideology is very much similar to that of the Congress. And we have to defeat the BJP in the state. Wherever cooperation is possible, we will cooperate to defeat the BJP. We can work together," he said.
"... But we have to make our own space to spread the Congress ideology and for that it (appointments) is a big step. I am fully confident that they will work to bring a positive change.
JD(U) vice president Prashant Kishor Wednesday described the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as Congress' general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East as "one of the most awaited entries in Indian politics".
Ending years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics Wednesday with the Congress appointing her general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East in a move reflecting the party's intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections.
"One of the most awaited entries in Indian politics is finally here! While people may debate the timing, exact role and position, to me, the real news is that she finally decided to take the plunge! Congratulations and best wishes to Priyanka Gandhi," Kishor said in a tweet.
He had worked with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh as a poll strategist before joining the Janata Dal (United).
The appointment is being seen as a masterstroke which will boost the morale of party workers in a state where Congress influence has been waning over the years and where the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have announced a tie-up.