Especially, Amethi, which is going to witness a triangular contest between Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party, is generating much interest in the political arena ever since the saffron party has named Smriti Irani as its candidate from there.

AAP’s Kumar Vishwas, who is also in the fray, has already carved an ‘identity’ for himself in this Congress pocket borough by interacting with locals over the past few months. In such a scenario, things have become quite grueling for Priyanka in Amethi as well as in Rae Bareli, especially at a time when the party’s poll campaigns are being observed from close quarters and are often compared with BJP’s active and aggressive brand of campaigning.

Notably, Priyanka has already shouldered a major responsibility for the party’s campaigning in both these constituencies in the previous elections. With Priyanka taking charge of poll management for Rae Bareli and Amethi, Sonia and Rahul look after election campaigns across the country.

With anti-incumbency factors posing as albatross around the Congress-led ruling establishment and Modi wave riding pretty high this time, Priyanka could face new challenges and campaigning for the 2014 polls is indeed going to be a major acid test for her.

Though Priyanka is not ‘officially’ active on political front, she looks after the party’s strategies, her brother’s rallies’ schedule, selection of candidates, party’s media management and methods to give a boost to Brand Rahul.

Though she could not accompany her mother on Tuesday while filing nominations due to a busy schedule, Priyanka is expected to begin her campaign trail from Rae Bareli soon and the Congress is likely set up a high-tech office to look after the party’s affairs from there.

According to sources, Priyanka will not only manage Sonia and Rahul’s poll programmes but also keep an eye on the party’s hustings across the nation.

On being asked about her role, senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi, who is believed to be close to Gandhi family, has vividly indicated Priyanka’s bigger responsibility in the party.

“This question does not hold much significance for me. As far as I know, Priyanka was interested in politics since her very young age. She had a profound interest in understanding over the depth of political language and events. I have several facts regarding this and I don’t wish to discuss it in details now. But I would like to say that Rajiv Gandhi had spoken in this regard way back in 1990. That’s all for now,” said Janardan Dwivedi.


Rae Bareli ‘surfs’ on ‘popular’ waves

Rae Bareli and Amethi have been strongholds of Congress ever since the nation attained independence but the voters of Rae Bareli constituency are known for going ahead with the general mood of people.

The ‘Janata Wave’ saw Janata Party’s Raj Narain emerging victorious from Rae Bareli in 1977 and in 1996 and 1998; ‘Ram Wave’ drew the voters closer to BJP and Ashok Singh registered victory for the saffron party.

Upset over the humiliating defeat of 1977, Indira Gandhi went to contest from Medak seat in Andhra Pradesh in 1980. The by-election was however won by Congress leader Arun Nehru.

On the other hand, though Amethi has been a major throttlehold of Congress, the constituency did disappoint the party on several occasions.

Janata Party’s Ravindra Pratap Singh and BJP’s Sanjay Singh also emerged winners from Amethi constituency.

In the 13th Lok Sabha elections, Sonia Gandhi won from Amethi. She later went to Rae Bareli constituency and left the seat for her son Rahul Gandhi.


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