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Project Priyanka as CM candidate in 2022, demand party workers in Rae Bareli

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leaders during the election results review meeting on Wednesday here demanded that Vadra be made the party's ministerial candidate for the 2022 assembly elections in the state.

(UPA) and senior Sonia Gandhi, arrived here earlier in the day along with Vadra to thank the voters of and hold the review meeting with the party leaders over the party's dismal performance in

This is their first visit to the state after the election results were announced.

During the meeting with the Gandhis, Rajesh Mishra, party's vice president, said: "We should fight the 2022 assembly elections by projecting as our ministerial candidate."

Mishra said if Priyanka Gandhi, the party's in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh, is declared party's ministerial candidate, the party can form the government in the state on its own. He was supported by party's candidate from Fatehpur parliamentary constituency,

The has been out of power in the state since 1988. Priyanka Gandhi entered active in January this year. She campaigned extensively in the state during the elections. Priyanka Gandhi, during her Lok Sabha election campaigning in and Amethi, had asked the party workers to preapre for the 2022 assembly elections in the state.

The party leaders, who had arrived in for the review meeting, also advised the Gandhis that the Congress should fight the by-elections in 11 assembly constituencies on its own. The demand for fighting the Assembly by-elections on its own were raised by party's Basti Lok Sabha candidate Rajkishore, Unnao candidate Anu Tandon, Sultanpur candidate candidate

The by-elections for 11 assembly seats have been necessisated after BJP MLAs won Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress had fought the 2017 assembly elections in alliance with

During the day, the Gandhis held meetings with most of the party's Lok Sabha candidates from eastern Uttar Pradesh, the district and city chiefs. District co-ordinators had also been called for the meeting.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 21:32 IST