Experts Urge Priyanka Gandhi to Intensify Campaigning in Key UP Seats as 2024 Polls Approach

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is urged to intensify her campaigning in Amethi and Raebareli, key Uttar Pradesh constituencies, ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi and Kishori Lal Sharma are contesting from Rae Bareli and Amethi, respectively, with the BJP fielding strong opponents.

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Experts Urge Priyanka Gandhi to Intensify Campaigning in Key UP Seats as 2024 Polls Approach

Experts Urge Priyanka Gandhi to Intensify Campaigning in Key UP Seats as 2024 Polls Approach

With the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on the horizon, psephologist YR Deshmukh and analyst Rasheed Kidwai are calling on Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to intensify her campaigning efforts in the key constituencies of Amethi and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The experts believe that Priyanka Gandhi's increased presence and active participation in these regions could provide a significant boost to the Congress party's prospects in the upcoming polls.

Why this matters: The outcome of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Amethi and Raebareli will have a significant impact on the national political scenario, as these constituencies have historically been strongholds of the Congress party. Priyanka Gandhi's campaigning efforts could also influence the broader narrative of the election, potentially shaping the fate of the Congress party and its allies in the INDIA bloc. Priyanka Gandhi's campaigning efforts could also influence the broader narrative of the election, potentially shaping the fate of the Congress party and its allies in the INDIA bloc.

The Congress party has announced its candidates for the two prestige seats, with Rahul Gandhi set to contest from Rae Bareli and longtime Gandhi family loyalist Kishori Lal Sharma from Amethi. Both candidates are filing their nominations today, signaling the start of a fierce electoral battle in these traditional Congress strongholds.

Despitefieldingstrong candidates, concerns have arisen about Priyanka Gandhi's reluctance to contest the elections herself. Sources reveal that Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge had requested Priyanka Gandhi to ponder running from either Amethi or Rae Bareli, but she declined the offer. Her decision was reportedly influenced by the potential perception of dynastic politics, as a victory for both her and her brother Rahul Gandhi would result in three members of the Gandhi family being in Parliament simultaneously.

Some Congress leaders fear that Priyanka Gandhi's decision not to contest may create a negative perception among voters. However, she has been actively campaigning and has emerged being the face of the Congress's counterstrike against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent 'mangalsutra' charge. Priyanka Gandhi extended her greetings to Kishori Lal Sharma on social media, stating,"Kishori Lal Sharma shares a bond with our family. He has been dedicated to serving the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli. His zeal for public service is an example."

The BJP has fielded Union Minister Smriti Irani against Kishori Lal Sharma in Amethi, setting the stage for a high-stakes rematch. In Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi will face off against the BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh. Both Amethi and Rae Bareli are set to vote in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 20.

The BJP has been quick to criticize Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Rae Bareli instead of Amethi. BJP spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill took a swipe at the Congress leader, saying, "Rahul Gandhi's decision to not contest in Amethi shows that the Congress campaign lacks confidence. Instead of leading the fight like a responsible general, he is behaving like a runaway soldier."

Election campaign heat intensifying, Priyanka Gandhi's efforts to bolster the Congress's chances in Amethi and Rae Bareli will be closely watched. With the party entering into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party as part of the INDIA bloc and contesting 17 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, her role in mobilizing support and countering the BJP's narrative will be pivotal. The coming weeks will determine whether the Gandhi family's legacy in these constituencies can withstand the BJP's challenge and if Priyanka Gandhi's campaigning prowess can make a significant impact on the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh.

Key Takeaways

  • Priyanka Gandhi urged to intensify campaigning in Amethi and Raebareli for 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
  • Amethi and Raebareli are key constituencies that can impact national political scenario.
  • Rahul Gandhi to contest from Raebareli, Kishori Lal Sharma from Amethi.
  • Priyanka Gandhi declines to contest, citing concerns over dynastic politics.
  • BJP fields Smriti Irani against Kishori Lal Sharma in Amethi, Dinesh Pratap Singh against Rahul Gandhi in Raebareli.