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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Priyanka Gandhi’s Meet Ended At 5.30 am in Lucknow

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New Delhi: After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mega roadshow in Lucknow on Monday, she held a number of marathon meetings on Tuesday and they continued till Wednesday morning. She emerged after 5.30 am on Wednesday morning from an overnight meeting with Congress workers on the campaign for the national election due by May. “I am getting their views on how to fight these elections to win,” the party’s new general secretary told reporters after the 16-hour meeting.

Priyanka met with district presidents and workers from eight Lok Sabha constituencies including the Gandhi family seats Amethi and Raebareli. She is staying put in Lucknow and will be meeting local leaders for the next few days with her UP (West) counterpart Jyotiraditya Scindia.

She remained huddled with senior leaders and office-bearers and later with party workers from various parliamentary constituencies in UP. “I’m learning a lot about the organization, how it is structured and the changes that need to be made,” Priyanka told reporters.

Party sources said she held meetings from 1:20 pm on Tuesday with 10 to 20 people each from the eight constituencies. She met 70 people from Lucknow, which was the highest number. In an adjoining room at the Congress office in Lucknow, Jyotiraditya Scindia held meetings with leaders from the constituencies in his charge.

The other constituencies that featured in the discussions were Lucknow, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh and Fatehpur.

Politically important Uttar Pradesh has the most number of parliamentary seats – 80 – and any party that performs well in this state has a chance at power at the center. Rahul Gandhi has placed 41 of those seats, covering eastern Uttar Pradesh, under his sister’s charge. Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in charge of 39, a party statement said on Tuesday.

Priyanka Gandhi’s share includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi and Gorakhpur of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath – one of the BJP’s leading campaigners.

She is spending four nights in Lucknow, which, say Congress’s UP leaders, is unusual and “historic” for any Congress leader in recent times.

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