Party sources said the Wayanad MPs will campaign in Amethi and Prayagraj on February 25. Polling will be held in both the districts in the fifth phase on February 27. Wayanad MP, who has campaigned aggressively in Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab and now Manipur. He has not addressed a single rally or road-show in electorally crucial Uttar Pradesh since the upcoming assembly elections were announced in early January.
Rahul Gandhi has done about 30 campaigns in four states except Uttar Pradesh.
As a prominent Congress campaigner, Rahul Gandhi’s so far absence from active campaigning in Uttar Pradesh has come as a surprise to party workers. He had campaigned extensively in the state in the last three assembly elections from 2007 to 2017.
Party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is on campaign in Uttar Pradesh along with other senior leaders including Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, party MP Deepender Singh Hooda, former Union Minister Salman Khurshid and party leader Imran. Pratapgarhi.
The fourth phase of polling in Rae Bareli, considered a bastion of the Gandhi family, will be held on February 23. In an effort to reach out to voters, Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressed a virtual rally on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi won the Amethi Lok Sabha seat from 2004 to 2014. He lost the 2019 election from this seat.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were last seen in Amethi and Rae Bareli on December 18 last year, when they addressed corner meetings and held road shows in these districts. Rahul Gandhi had addressed a press conference with Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi to release the party’s youth manifesto for Uttar Pradesh.
With the fourth phase of polling on Wednesday, voting will be completed in about 58 percent of the seats in the state.
Both BJP and Samajwadi Party are expressing confidence of forming the government in the state. Congress is betting on issue-based campaign which is being led by Priyanka Gandhi.
In the fourth phase of polling tomorrow, the fate of 624 candidates will be decided in 59 assembly constituencies of Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Banda and Fatehpur districts.
The remaining phases of polling will be held on February 27, March 3 and March 7. Counting of votes will be done on March 10.
First published:February 22, 2022, 8:55 pm