‘Youngest’ Cong vs ‘Old’ BJP, as Priyanka makes political debut

The eastern Uttar Pradesh Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held separate meetings with Congress workers from 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in and around Lucknow, pitching herself and brother Rahul as “young” alternatives to an ageing BJP, sources said.

A Congress official quoted Priyanka as saying “You must have heard BJP leaders saying that the Congress is getting old. Tell them that we have Rahul, Priyanka and Jyotiraditya (Scindia) and so we are the youngest party. Now it is the BJP that is getting old.”

“We defeated Modi, the RSS and the BJP in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We can defeat them in most seats in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections,” said a Congress member who was present at one of the meetings while quoting Priyanka.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday was cheered by thousands as she rode in an open truck here along with her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on her first visit to Uttar Pradesh after becoming the Congress General Secretary East UP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Thousands of supporters greeted eastern Uttar Pradesh Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Western Uttar Pradesh general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lucknow.

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