New Delhi: In what could be termed as a transfer of Indira Gandhi’s political legacy, Congress star campaigner and party President Sonia’s daughter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli.

If the sources close to the Congress high-command are to be believed, Priyanka Vadra may replace Sonia Gandhi as the party candidate from Rae Bareli in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Undoubtedly, Priyanka’s striking resemblance to Indira Gandhi has a great mass appeal. Sonia may make way for her daughter by vacating Rae Bareli seat. Rahul Gandhi has already taken charge as Congress Vice-President during Jaipur Chintan Shivir. Now, Priyanka, who has been away from active politics, is gearing up to join the legacy of her grandmother.

Sources said that Priyanka has not only groomed party cadres for the forthcoming General Elections but has also deputed them Sonia Gandhi’s constituency. The party workers will launch a programme ‘Congress at your doorstep’ in the villages of Rae Bareli and also at block and tehsil level.

Party workers are striving hard to make soil fertile for Priyanka’s maiden foray in electoral politics from family fiefdom. Rahul is working on the strategy of giving priorities to the party workers’ views while devising policies. However, Priyanka has already applied this strategy in Rae Bareli by holding interviews in the appointment of all 16 Block Presidents. Priyanka also appointed Nyay Panchayat heads.

Holding lack of communication between leaders and party workers as the main reason for electoral debacle, Priyanka remains focused on restructuring the party in Rae Bareli.

Party sources said there is a strong possibility that Priyanka would contest parliamentary elections from Rae Bareli in 2014. The Congress President, who had recently undergone a surgery, may limit her campaigning in future elections.

However, party is yet to make official announcement in this regard. No wonder, Congress high command may announce Priyanka’s candidature from Rae Bareli at the last minute.

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