Congress deploys ‘trump card’ Priyanka Gandhi as celebration seeks to capitalise on anti-CAA protests
They may have been turned lower back from Meerut, but former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister and birthday celebration conventional secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will again strive to go to Uttar Pradesh to meet the households of these killed in the violent protests over the new citizenship law.
While Priyanka Gandhi had previously visited Bijnor to meet the family of one of the protesters killed, it was once Rahul Gandhi’s first tour to UP as he was abroad on an respectable trip.
In Rahul’s absence, Priyanka Gandhi has been at the forefront of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, at times protecting sit-ins and becoming a member of the protesters at Delhi’s India Gate.
The Congress is desperately searching for to tap the anger of the youth, specifically the students, towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government over the CAA and the proposed pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise.
As commonplace secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi has also saved her focus on the state, elevating the issues pertaining to it and attacking chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his government over the regulation and order situation, specially the alleged extend in the incidents of rapes. Reports of police excesses all through the CAA protests and the crackdown in the state, the Congress feels, provides the right moment for it to build a campaign in opposition to the Yogi government.
Having been decimated in UP in the 2017 meeting elections and this year’s Lok Sabha polls, the Congress is struggling to make its presence felt in the state’s political landscape.
The grand historic birthday celebration had dominated the politics of UP till the emergence of Mandal-Mandir issues in late 1980s. Over the years, it has been relegated to political margins. The birthday celebration even lost its common bastion of Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with BJP’s Smriti Irani defeating Rahul Gandhi.
While the CAA protests have infused electricity in the party, the big assignment for the Congress is to ensure that the prevailing anger and protests preserve at least for some time.
In this task, Priyanka Gandhi would possibly no longer are seeking the aid of any other political outfit though the Samajwadi Party (SP) had rallied in the back of the Congress-led opposition towards the CAA in and outside Parliament.
The SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) too are now not eager to align with the Congress in UP. The BSP did not be part of the opposition events in protesting in opposition to the CAA in Parliament and did not grow to be a part of delegation that met President Ram Nath Kovind on the issue. Mayawati’s birthday party one after the other met the President.
Priyanka Gandhi has taken the first step of activating the party on the ground through reorganising district and town units, naming their new heads after years.
The appointment of new state unit chief Ajay Kumar Lallu has been obtained properly through the cadre. Known as a fighter, Lallu has vowed to make the Congress birthday party once more the “voice of the deprived” in Uttar Pradesh.
He has exhorted the workers that the only path for the Congress to move ahead is the struggle. “The manner in which the British have been thrown out, the Congress too will be bolstered and brought returned to electricity with the aid of its employees treading on the course communicate and struggle,” he had stated after taking over the Uttar Pradesh Congress chief in October this year.
The Congress has deployed its trump card in UP and a good deal relies upon on how Priyanka Gandhi is capable to galvanise the birthday party workers and additionally win returned the aid of the communities that have shifted to different parties over the years.