Rahul Gandhi Has A Message For BJP, Says "Didn't Send Priyanka To UP For 2 Months"

Rahul Gandhi Has A Message For BJP, Says "Didn

Rahul Gandhi Has A Message For BJP, Says "Didn't Send Priyanka To UP For 2 Months" 

New Delhi : The Congress has played it's Trump Card, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra making her political debut. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke on his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry in politics and said that he had given her a challenge in Uttar Pradesh, India's most politically crucial state. He said to reporters in Amethi, "The BJP is in a bit of panic," where he was touring when the party made the stunning announcement.

The 47 year old Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the party's general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the other part.

Whenquestioned if it was a precursor Priyanka Gandhi Vadra contesting the national election, due by May, Rahul Gandhi said: "It is up to Priyanka if she wants to. My main point is we won't play on the back foot - be it UP or Gujarat or anywhere."

The Congress President and her sister have campaigned together in his parliamentary seat Amethi as well as their mother's Raebareli seat.

Mr Gandhi said he was "very happy and excited" to work with Priyanka.

"My sister is capable and hard-working. I am personally very happy and excited that she will work with me. Jyotiraditya is also a very dynamic leader," he said.

The Congress Chief said that the message to the people of Uttar Pradesh was that BJP had destroyed it and "we will give you new direction. We want to use these two youth leaders in UP to make it the number one state."

"I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya for just two months. I have sent them to take Congress' ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh. Our ideology of standing and fighting for the poor, for the youth, for the farmers... There will be new thinking, new ideology in Uttar Pradesh," he said.

Mr Gandhi had denied that his move had anything to do with the snub from the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav duo, who formed an alliance in the state without including his party. He said, "I have nothing at all against Mayawati and Akhilesh. We are ready to cooperate with the SP and BSP wherever possible. We have a common enemy."