The Congress for the first time has named Priyanka Gandhi as one of its star campaigners for the upcoming UP assembly polls where she played a role in stitching together an alliance with the Samajwadi party with the congress contesting 105 seats and the samajwadi party 298 seats.
Apart from that when the alliance talks between the two parties were collapsing, it was Priyanka Gandhi who moved in and convinced Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to go ahead with the alliance which she felt would benefit both the parties and consolidate the Muslim votes behind them.
So far Priyanka has limited her active campaigning to just Amethi and Rae Bareilly, not stepping out of these self imposed boundaries. But this time she may venture further and campaign for some congress candidates though so far there is no concrete information about a joint campaign plan between akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi though along with Priyanka, Sonia and rahul have also been listed as star campaigners.
Sources say that apart from Priyanka Gandhi, ghulam Nabi Azad also spoke to akhilesh Yadav when it looked like the alliandce talks were collapsing. While azad has praised Priyanka for her role in selecting many of the 105 candidates which the congress is contesting, it is also a fact that Azad himself has been working overtime in selecting the seats, the candidates and meeting a large number of aspirants from Uttar Pradesh.
Many of the candidates were chosen through a number of surveys conducted by the party to find the most winnable faces. Some known names like Jitin Prasad have also been fielded though sources say he wanted his wife to contest, but Azad managed to convince him that he would be the better choice.