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Priyanka to visit Lucknow on Monday, take stock of her new turf

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

will arrive here Monday on a four-day visit, her first trip to the state after being appointed the in charge of eastern

Rahul and in charge of western Uttar Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, will accompany her on the February 11 visit to the state capital, said Thursday.

Preparations are on in the party to accord a big welcome to the three leaders, who will be brought from the airport to the in a roadshow.

Rahul is likely to return the same day, but will stay on in till Thursday, meeting office bearers and party workers, Awasthi said.

Workers representing the party's district and city units will meet her, a said.

After her brief appearance before the media while dropping off husband Robert at the Enforcement Directorate office in on Wednesday, the visit will mark her first public appearance after formally joining the party.

The in is seeing the visit by her and Scindia as the virtual launch of the Congress campaign in the crucial state for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

The two newly appointed in-charges for will take stock of the party's preparation for the polls.

"The impending visit by the senior leaders, especially Priyanka Gandhi, has enthused party workers, Awasthi said.

was appointed a Congress last month, a move that ended years of speculation over her induction into the party.

Home to 80 Lok Sabha seats, Uttar Pradesh sends the highest number of MPs to Parliament, making it a key electoral battleground.

The ruling faces a challenge here from the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj alliance, while the Congress is trying hard to retrieve lost ground in the state.

Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha seats held by her brother and mother Sonia Gandhi, are in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Narendra Modi's constituency and Yogi Adityanath's stronghold Gorakhpur are also part of this region, under Priyanka Gandhi's charge.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 17:05 IST