Victory in Himachal Pradesh It has come as a hope for the Congress at a time when it lost both the Gujarat and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. But more than this, the party has found a Gandhi whom they want to take support of. With Sonia Gandhi opting out of campaigning and Rahul making it clear that he wanted to focus on the Bharat Jodo Yatra and not get involved in party affairs, the Congress is pinning hopes on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Priyanka held over 20 rallies in Himachal Pradesh including door-to-door campaign. With women being a significant segment of the electorate, Priyanka’s presence clicked with them.
Also Priyanka is not seen as an outsider in the state. Everyone knows that she proudly shows off her cottage in Mashobra and visits the state often. This is also one of the reasons why Priyanka was able to connect with the crowd.
But this is not the only reason why the party wants to attribute the Himachal victory to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Like many other states, in Himachal too Congress had a problem of too many cooks. Mukesh Agnihotri, Sukhwinder Sukhu and Pratibha Singh were contenders for the top post. The infighting was an issue that could bring down the Congress in a state it was expected to win. And Priyanka sensed it.
It was a team of Priyanka, Rajeev Shukla, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Sachin Pilot that worked on strategizing for the state elections. In fact, Priyanka was involved in campaign design and planning, and ticket distribution, and personally met several state leaders. Based on their inputs, Priyanka told party workers and leaders that restoration of the old pension scheme, resentment against the Agneepath scheme, price rise, anger of apple growers and job-seeking women are issues the Congress should focus on.
But more importantly, Priyanka made it clear to her party colleagues that there should be no personal attacks or comments on the PM. He told them to “keep the focus on the CM’s misgovernance”.
In a meeting itself, Priyanka had told the party that putting some money directly into women’s accounts would work. And it did.
Now the buzz has started about Priyanka and many leaders like Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajeev Shukla gave her the credit for the victory. Along with this, demands are being made that Priyanka should play a role in the upcoming elections. From deciding the strategy to campaigning. The damage she was in charge of in Uttar Pradesh has been forgotten. And now there is new hope.
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