BJP mocks Priyanka Gandhi as she denies being face of Congress CM; terms his hollow campaign

While Priyanka Gandhi Vadra denies being the face of Congress’s UP CM, UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Saturday claimed his “Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon” was hollow. He mocked her for reversing her decision, saying she backed down from her own challenge. The 403-seat UP assembly where Yogi governs with an iron majority of 314 seats goes to the polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. The results will be announced on March 10.

UP minister mocks Priyanka Vadra

Echoing Singh, UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya advised Vadra to focus on finding candidates for Congress, rather than thinking about the face of the CM. BJP MP Jagadambika Pal said: “They know Congress will lose. Rahul Gandhi lost Amethi, Priyanka Vadra doesn’t know where she will fight from. Therefore, she had no choice but to half back -turn in relation to his statement”.

Earlier in the day, Vadra backtracked on her statement by declaring herself the Congress’ chief ministerial candidate for the UP elections. Speaking to the media, the Congress General Secretary claimed she was “irritated” after being asked the same question repeatedly. Arguing that there is no need for Congress not to announce a CM face for the UP polls, she asserted that her party can consider an alliance with any other party except the BJP after the proclamation of the results of the elections.

“I’m not saying I’m the face of the CM. I said that because I was irritated. Because you ask the same question over and over. What’s the big deal?” Vadra asked.

On Friday, Vadra said, “Do you see another face of Congress in UP? You can see my face everywhere,” when asked if she was the CM face of the party. While the BJP, SP and BSP declared Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati respectively as its CM face, the Congress avoided doing so. Also, it is unknown if Vadra will challenge the polls as she has never done so until now.

In contrast, the BJP fielded incumbent Yogi CM Adityanath from Gorakhpur Urban headquarters – his home constituency. Facing him, Bhim army chief Chandrashekhar Azad announced that he will face Adityanath for the urban constituency of Gorakhpur. Meanwhile, Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav has confirmed that he will contest Uttar Pradesh’s upcoming polls. Yadav – who is currently the MP for Azamgarh – is most likely to run in Karhal constituency in Mainpuri.

Congress in UP

Setting the agenda for Congress in Uttar Pradesh, UP General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra promised – 40% ballots for women, free e-Scooty and mobile phones for schoolgirls , full loan waiver for farmers, purchase of paddy rice, 20 lakh government jobs, partial waiver of electricity bills, cash payout of Rs 25,000/family in case of voting in power. Vadra was chosen as the face of Congress for his UP campaign, spearheading the “Ladki hoon Lad sakti hoon” campaign. Congress has decided to challenge the polls on its own but is open to post-election alliances.