Priyanka Gandhi will be face of Cong’s election campaign in UP: P L Punia
NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the face of the Congress’ election project in Uttar Pradesh, party’s newly-appointed project committee chief P L Punia stated on Sunday, asserting the AICC general secretary is the most popular political figure in the state at present.
Punia, who on Friday was called as the head of the crucial 20-member election campaign committee of the Congress for the UP polls next year, kept in mind that extremely seldom has the Congress revealed a primary ministerial face and said that not having actually declared one till now will not hamper the celebration’s chances as it currently has a character like Priyanka Gandhi to lead the charge against the BJP.
It is a direct contest in between the Congress and the BJP in the UP surveys as both the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Celebration have actually “fallen back” and were “not in the battle anymore”, Punia told PTI in an interview.
Punia said Priyanka Gandhi has actually defended truth on all concerns and when the Lakhimpur Kheri incident took place, she immediately left to meet the household of the victims, and was detained in Sitapur, but stayed identified in her mission for justice.
He stated she was “effective” in her struggle and went to Lakhimpur Kheri and Bahraich to fulfill the families of the victims.
Earlier too- be it Sonbhadra, Unnao or Hathras occurrences- Priyanka Gandhi had actually defended justice, Punia stated.
“So, the individuals are impressed by her and presently in the whole state, no political leader is more popular than Priyanka Gandhi. As far as around whom the campaign will be centred, we are lucky that Priyanka Gandhi is available for (campaigning) all the time,” he stated.
There are always demands from other states for Priyanka Gandhi to campaign and hold a couple of meetings, but in UP she is available 24X7, Punia said.
“Priyanka Gandhi ji hi humara ek chehra hongi jinke ird-gird poora election project chalega (the election project will be focus on Priyanka Gandhi),” he said.
Punia also stated the Lakhimpur Kheri event and justice for farmers would be essential problems in the elections, asserting that the way the farmers were “squashed upon”, was a condemnable incident.
“What was more terrible was that those in power offered security to the wrongdoers (of the criminal activity). Chief minister Yogi Adityanath stated no one will be detained without proof which was a sign that seeking arrest of the Union minister’s child is incorrect,” Punia stated.
Chief minister Adityanath and Union minister of state for house Ajay Mishra were both “guilty” of protecting the implicated in the case, he declared.
Punia said “genuine justice” will be done when the minister is eliminated and pointed out that a high level delegation under Rahul Gandhi has actually also satisfied President Ram Nath Kovind to press for this need.
Asked if having not declared a CM face till now would obstruct the Congress’ opportunities in the UP polls, Punia stated the Congress seldom declares a CM face whether it is Uttar Pradesh or other states.
“Individuals talk about a CM face as votes are sought on that face, for us the biggest face is that of Priyanka Gandhi and the affection that people have for her can not be matched by any person who is stated a CM face. So for us we have such a personality who will be handy for us in surveys in every way,” he asserted.
Punia also accused the BJP of delighting in communal polarisation to divert attention from genuine problems such as farmers’ “predicament”, cost rise and the state of order.
“It is always the case with BJP-RSS individuals that when they see that they are losing on problems such as governance, law and order scenario, the state is no. 1 in regards to criminal activity, in terms of criminal activities versus females, in criminal activities and atrocities versus set up castes and arranged people, so to conserve themselves from the anger of the individuals, they turn to polarisation,” he declared.
“They raise mandir building and construction, develop Hindu-Muslim divide, project themselves as the sole well wishers of Hindus. They will try all this however this has ended up being a dated method, people are worried about concerns such as rate increase and advancement and will not fall for Yogi Adityanath’s polarisation plank,” the Congress leader said.
On whether votes will get divided with the Opposition unity missing, Punia said the SP and BSP have actually “fallen behind”.
“Earlier individuals believed that they remained in fight but it is not so any longer. The Congress remains in the fight and just the Congress an upstage the BJP. The Congress and the BJP remain in a direct fight,” he stated.
The BJP is feeling “threatened” by the Congress which is why their management attacks the Congress, not the SP and BSP, Punia declared.
The Congress on Friday constituted different panels for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, with Punia being called head of the vital project committee.
Party president Sonia Gandhi approved the proposition of the constitution of election project committee, election strategy and planning committee, election coordination committee, charge sheet committee and election manifesto committee of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), a party declaration stated on Friday.
Punia will head the 20-member campaign committee with Pradeep Jain Aditya as the convenor. The panel consists of the likes of Mohsina Kidwai, Pramod Tewari, Raj Babbar, R P N Singh, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Imran Masood and Imran Pratapgarhi.
Released at Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:34:08 -0500