Priyanka Gandhi will decide where she will campaign, not Smriti Irani: Congress

Delighted voters look at Priyanka as she campaigns at Rae Bareli. Pic  AFP

Delighted voters look at Priyanka as she campaigns at Rae Bareli. Pic AFP

Out of the 403 assembly seats, Congress will be contesting in 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will field its candidates in rest of the 298 seats.

There were demands from Congress workers that Priyanka Gandhi should campaign all over the state but she chose to restrict herself to Amethi, represented by her brother Rahul Gandhi, and Rae Bareli represented by her mother Sonia Gandhi.

"A top Congress source said the BJP leaders were perhaps not aware that Priyanka was already looking after the poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh from the party" s war room here to fill up the gap of her elder brother Rahul Gandhi who is constantly in the field.

Meanwhile, Dimple is busy campaigning for her party's candidate in full swing and till date, she has addressed almost half a dozen election rallies in various parts of the state.

On the newly-formed alliance of Congress and Samajwadi Party, Irani said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav went with Congress because he was not confident of a victory alone.

The sources said Priyanka will accompany Rahul to these rallies in Raebareli Assembly constituency today.

She has so far kept herself away from campaigning as she is reportedly not in "the best of health".

BJP has started campaigning for the third phase of voting when 69 constituencies will go to polls on February 19. Whatever Priyanka says in the four constituencies will get a wider audience because of the obsessive media focus on the clash between the alliance partners.

Akhilesh Singh, a local strongman, has passed on the baton to his 29-year-old daughter Aditi, who is pitted against BSP candidate Shahbaz Khan and BJP's Anita Srivastava.

'Like both of us simultaneously agreed to leave five seats each yesterday (15 Feb), things will be sorted out on other seats also, ' he said.

It is now an obvious fact that Priyanka played the most crucial role in the SP-Congress alliance and even the joint posters of Priyanka and Dimple gained a lot of attention soon after the release.

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