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Priyanka's visit to Lucknow cheers Congress workers

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Vadra's arrival here on Sunday has once again enthused party workers ahead of the crucial 2019 elections.

Priyanka Gandhi, who held her last meeting at the Nehru Bhawan office on February 14 during her first visit after being made in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, returned to the stage capital on Sunday to meet party workers and groups who had been protesting against Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state.

Soon after her arrival at the party office, scores of workers gathered to cheer her and raise slogans against They also played Holi with each other.

Surendra Singh, a former during rule in the 1980s, told IANS that "conditions in the state have changed after the arrival of in active politics".

Singh, who hails from Ballia and was to meet her along with other leaders, said, "People are excited to listen to as she is the daughter of the state."

On her proposed river tour from to from March 18 to 20, Congress Shahshi Kant Tripathi said, "During her river ride, she will connect with the people of lower castes like the fishermen community, Bind community and others residing near the banks of the Ganga."

Tripathi also said that during her journey, Priyanka Gandhi will also dent the upper caste votes of the as she will touch many Rajput and Brahmin dominated villages during her journey.

In a dig at Narendra Modi, another party worker, from said, "Ganga maiya ne Priyanka didi ko bulaya hai, kyuki unka ek beta jumlebaaz nikla (Mother Ganga has called sister Priyanka, because one of her sons turned out only to be champion of rhetoric)."

Priyanka Gandhi, considered the second most prominent in the party after her Rahul Gandhi, is being seen as a turn-around for the party in the state, where it was reduced to its family boroughs of and seats in the 2014 elections, while BJP-led NDA alliance won 73 out of the state's 80 seats.

will vote in all seven phases of the elections scheduled from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:42 IST
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