Lucknow, Oct 16 (): Sonia Gandhi is sick-Rahul brother is over burdened and Priyanka please contest from Poolphur and campaign for Congress to make it rule for the third time.
This appeal with a poster of Sonia and Priyanka had the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee today sending out show cause notices to its office bearers in Allahabad for depicting Congress president Sonia Gandhi as ill (beemar) and dragging Priyanka into the political campaign.
The hoardings wanted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to contest from Phoolpur parliamentary constituency, which was once represented by her great-grandfather, late prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Shreesh Chandra Dubey, a senior party leader said that show cause notices have been issued to district secretary Haseeb Ahmad as the hoardings depicted Congress president Sonia in bad light and had unnecessarily dragged Priyanka into the political arena. After going through their reply, the party state unit will decide on further action.
The hoardings that were put in the posh Civil Lines area yesterday showed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Sonia Gandhi along with a text written in Hindi on the top which says in a poetic manner — “Maiya ab Rahti Beemar, Bhaiya par badh gay bar, Priyanka Phoolpur se bani ummedwaar, party ka Karo prachaar, Congress ki Sarkaar been Teesri bar (Mother is often ill now, brother (Rahul Gandhi) is overburdened, Priyanka, become the candidate from Phoolpur and campaign for the party, help Congress make its government for the third time).
The district Congress committee had earlier this week discussed the probable candidates for the Allahabad parliamentary constituencies and demands rose to make Priyanka a candidate.
Ex-Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president and currently MLA from Lucknow, Rita Bahuguna Joshi was considered for the Allahabd seat. Joshi has formerly been Allahabad Mayor. On Monday, there were reports that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi may go on a nationwide campaign for the party and not just in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha General Elections 2014.
The practice so far was that Priyanka campaigned only in her mother Sonia Gandhi’s and brother Rahul Gandhi’s constituencies. Congress denied any such plans. Reports said that the party is trying to get Priyanka Gandhi as its star campaigner as she is very popular with the masses , to counter Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.