Priyanka’s comments to party workers in UP show Cong’s focus is also on 2022 assembly polls

Lucknow: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s comments late on Wednesday night to Congress workers indicate the party’s focus beyond next month’s Lok Sabha polls to the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress leader was heard asking party workers in Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi about their planning for the elections. “Is waale ki nahin, 2022 waale ki (not this one, for 2022),” she added.

Priyanka Gandhi had stopped her SUV while travelling overnight between Amethi and Raebareli – her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency.

The Congress workers said they would win the general elections, due in two weeks, anyway but they were working hard for 2022 too.

When Rahul Gandhi had declared his sister’s appointment in January, he had stressed that both Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia had been tasked with working in UP beyond the general election, for the next state polls.

Analysts have suggested that the party’s strategy of bringing in the younger and more charismatic Gandhi sibling is designed for more impact in the 2022 assembly polls in UP.

To support their argument, they say there is too little time for Priyanka Gandhi to make a dent in the national election.