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UP Assembly polls 2017: When will Priyanka Gandhi start campaigning, ask Congress workers

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 August 2016, 13:41 IST

The Congress is leaving no stone unturned to register a victory in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikhsit has been named the chief ministerial face for the upcoming polls, while actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar has been named the party chief for the state.

Party workers have been vocal about the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will help to turn the tides in favour of the Congress - which has failed to come to power in the state in the last 27 years. Slogans like 'Priyanka lao - Congress Bachao' have been making the rounds to drive home the fact that the Congress scion may help draw the crowds.

Prashant Kumar, the Congress' poll strategist, has also spoken in favour of Priyanka playing a significant role in the elections.

Party workers sing paeans of Priyanka, often recalling her 2014 retort to PM Modi's 56 inch chest comment and his description of Congress as the party 'gone old'. They also claim that she has an authoritative style that is similar to that of Indira Gandhi.

Years ago, a journalist had asked Priyanka about her resemblance to Indira. "Yes! I am like her. My nose resembles hers", she had then said.

With work underway for the polls in full swing, many party workers have questioned if Priyanka is a little too late to join the party. Will she have to work extra hard to recover lost ground? Is the Congress keeping her from campaigning in order to use her as a trump card? Is she too late to be able to have an impact?

While senior Congress leaders have reiterated that Priyanka will indeed play an important role in campaigning, the question on everyone's lips is: Where is she?

First published: 8 August 2016, 13:41 IST