Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the newly-inducted Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh, will begin her political inning in Lucknow. She will be accompanied by her brother her Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia. This will be Priyanka's first visit after being appointed as the general secretary. According to reports, the leaders are expected to carry out a 12-kilometre long road show. Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal said after the road show the leaders are expected to interact with the party workers at the Congress office in the Uttar Pradesh capital. According to officials, the party office in the state has been revamped and preparations are on in full swing to welcome the newly-appointed general secretaries.
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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be reaching Jaipur at 10 pm.
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After 5-hour-long mega roadshow, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reach at Congress party office in Lucknow.
Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi and party president Rahul Gandhi pay floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Lucknow.
Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) @priyankagandhi and party president @RahulGandhi pay floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Lucknow.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
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Nation's 'chowkidaar' stole money from UP, other states, and Air Force. 'Chowkidaar chor hai'. UP is the heart of the country. We'll play on front foot. Scindia Ji, Priyanka Ji and I won't rest until a govt of Congress' ideology is formed here: Rahul Gandhi in Lucknow.
Nation's 'chowkidaar' stole money from UP, other states, and Air Force. 'Chowkidaar chor hai'. UP is the heart of the country. We'll play on front foot. Scindia Ji, Priyanka Ji and I won't rest until a govt of Congress' ideology is formed here: Rahul Gandhi in Lucknow pic.twitter.com/G842pBsq8y— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to reach Jaipur by a special aircraft this evening: Sources
#PriyankaGandhiVadra to leave for Jaipur in a special flight from Lucknow this evening: Sources— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
Enforcement Directorate has summoned husband Robert Vadra to appear before the agency in Jaipur in relation to a money laundering case tomorrow.
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Congress's road show underway in Lucknow
#Photos | Congress president @RahulGandhi, and general secretaries for Uttar Pradesh @priyankagandhi and @JM_Scindia at the roadshow in Lucknow— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
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Husband Robert Vadra wishes Priyanka on her "new journey of working in Uttar Pradesh and serving the people of India."
"There is a very vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it’s her duty to serve the people and Now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe," @priyankagandhi's husband Robert Vadra writes on Facebook— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
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During the roadshow, Priyanka is expected to also address a rally at Lalbagh trisection. After this, the mega roadshow will head towards Hazratganj. Priyanka, brother Rahul and Jyotiraditya Scindia will garland the idols of Sardar Patel, BR Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi.
#Watch | As Priyanka Gandhi Vadra embarks on her road show in Lucknow, watch what her supporters have to say. @Peenaz_NN speaks to some members of 'Priyanka Sena'. Listen in— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
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With drums, songs and bands, joyous party workers of Congress are making it look like a festive event.
Dressed in churidar and geometry-patterned crisp kurta, Priyanka ditched traditional saree to take part in the roadshow.
Congress president @RahulGandhi, general secretaries for UP East & West respectively, @priyankagandhi & @JM_Scindia, greeted by party workers in Lucknow.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 11, 2019
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Riding atop an open bus, state Congress chief Raj Babbar is also seen with Priyanka and brother Rahul Gandhi.
“Diamonds are forever, so is @priyankagandhi Lucknow Welcomes the Kohinoor! (sic),” tweets senior Congress leader and minister in Punkjab Cabinet najot Singh Sidhu.
Diamonds are forever, so is @priyankagandhi Lucknow Welcomes the Kohinoor!— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) February 11, 2019
The roadshow will cover the distance of 10 km.
The mega roadshow from Lucknow Airport to the Congress office has begun.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother Rahul Gandhi have reached Lucknow.
Banner seen in Lucknow ahead of Congress General Secretary for UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, UP West Jyotiraditya Scindia and party President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the city today.
On the other hand, the BJP camp is calling it a ‘chor show.’ SN Singh, minister in Yogi Adityanath Cabinet said that, “They (the Congress) is calling this road show but BJP sees this as 'Chor machaye shor'. Gandhi-Vardra family is out on bail. They can't hold road show but a 'Chor show'. People of UP, especially Lucknow, will come to see corrupt faces of those who looted Rs 12 Lakh crore of this nation.”
Senior Congress leader and former minister RPN Singh has already reached the Lucknow Airport. Talking to News Nation, Singh said that, “Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is that kind of player, who hits a sixer, the moment she sets foot in the playground.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leaves for airport. To reach Lucknow around noon.
Priyanka’s roadshow that marks the beginning of her political career will begin at around 12 noon.
Lucknow gets ready for Priyanka's roadshow
Many Congress workers have already reached the party office, which has been decorated with beautiful marigold flowers.
The walls of Lucknow are plastered with Priyanka’s posters with slogans such as ‘aa gayi badlaav ki aandhi, Rahul sang Priyanka Gandhi’ and ‘Priyanka Gandhi desh ki doosri Indiara Gandhi.’
On Sunday, in an audio message, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said: "I am coming to Lucknow tomorrow, I wish that together we'll begin a new politics and you be a part of it. Youth, women and marginalised, everyone's voices will be heard. Let's establish a new future and politics."
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, 47, and Scindia, 48, took charge as AICC general secretary UP East and UP West respectively last week. Her formal entry into politics and being given the charge of Uttar Pradesh assumes significance as the state, where 80 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats are at stake, plays a crucial role in the formation of the central government.