Priyanka appears to be following the pattern set by Rahul in the 2017 UP and Gujarat assembly elections and subsequent elections. Although Rahul has been unsuccessful in turning the fate of the Congress party, Priyanka’s charisma is being tested for the first time.
Rather than charting a new course for herself, Priyanka appears to be treading the path traveled before by her brother.
Congress is desperate for change not only at the national level but also in UP, the most populous state in the country and which returns the maximum number of MLAs (403), Lok Sabha members (80) and Rajya Sabha members (31). . .
But luckily, Congress was in power in the UP for the last time between 1985 and 1989 with ND Tiwari as its last prime minister. By the time the 2022 UP assembly election is challenged, Congress would be out of power in the state for 37 years.
Congress has always supported the ruling BJP and the other two parties, the Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Akhilesh Yadav and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, in the last elections, both in terms of the number of seats won and of the percentage of vote participation obtained.
The former president of Congress has tried different methods of courting different sectors of society.
Even before the 2017 UP assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi was seen courting Dalits. I used to visit their houses and eat at their places. He also visited Hyderabad and participated in a candlelight march to mourn the death of an investigator, Rohit Vemula, who was believed to be a Dalit.
In 2013, he was seen alongside farmers. He went to the village of Bhatta Parsaul on the outskirts of Delhi to give a voice to farmers protesting against the acquisition of land by the then Mayawati government. He also launched ‘khaat sabhas’ and rode ox carts in UP and Gujarat in 2017 as a show of solidarity with farmers.
Rahul Gandhi’s smooth Hindutva was on full display in the two main assembly elections in UP and Gujarat in 2017. He launched the UP election campaign by visiting the Dugdheshwarnath temple in Deoria. He stained his forehead with ’tilak’. Subsequently, he visited Ayodhya and sought blessings at the Hanumangarhi temple.
In the Gujarat assembly election, Rahul launched his campaign by visiting the religious city of Dwarka.
The three-day Navsarjan Yatra in Gujarat started with darshan at the Dwarkadhish temple https://t.co/PkFz0s3Z7v
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1506326117000
During the two and a half months of his campaign for Prime Minister Narendra modi and the home state of Interior Minister Amit Shah, Rahul visited 27 temples. His gentle Hindutva helped improve the Congressional tally, but did not give the party a victory.
In an attempt to get OBC and Muslim votes, Congress even forged an alliance with SP and published two slogans: ‘UP ke do ladke’ (Two UP boys) and ‘UP ko ye saath pasand hai’ (UP likes this company). .
But these did not work. While the BJP obtained 312 of the total of 403 seats and obtained 39.67 percent of the votes; SP obtained 47 seats and obtained 21.82 percent of the votes; BSP obtained 19 seats and obtained 22.23 percent of the votes; and Congress won only 7 seats and received only 6.25 percent of the vote.
Rahul Gandhi has also appeared in symbolic cameos such as diving into the Arabian Sea ahead of the Kerala assembly elections, held earlier this year, to express solidarity with the fishing community, give lectures and eat with students and do push-ups with a girl. student to engage with young voters.
But even these did not help the Congress in Kerala. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by Pinarayi Vijayan broke the curse of the rotation of power with the United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Congress and kept the government.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Secretary General of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of UP, Priyanka gandhi Vadra is seen to be following in the footsteps of his brother Rahul Gandhi in voting status.
She is at the forefront of the protest over the alleged run over of four farmers and a journalist in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 by the Union Minister of State for the Home, Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra teni.
By taking the lead in Lakhimpur Kheri, Priyanka has not only overshadowed Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, but her own brother Rahul Gandhi in UP in recent days. She made her way to the village, but was detained a few kilometers away at a guest house in Sitapur for three or four days.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wielding a broom in a Dalit town in Lucknow on October 8. PTI photo
Finally, the Yogi Adityanath The government gave in to his demands and allowed him to meet the grieving families of the farmers who died in the incident. This is seen as a great victory for the Priyanka-led Congress.
Encouraged by this, she soon set out to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency by holding a ‘Kisan Nyay Rally’ (farmers’ justice rally) on October 10. He also attended funeral rites for the five who died on October 10. October 12 in an attempt to win the sympathy of farmers and be seen as the only leader defending their cause.
Like Rahul Gandhi in 2017, Priyanka is employing the same gentle Hindutva model. She visited temples before the Kisan Nyay Rally and was seen wearing a tilak on her forehead, a Rudraksh bead necklace, and a sacred thread on her wrist. She announced that she was fast Navratri and recited Goddess Durga Saptashati. She sang ‘Jai Mata Di’ before starting her speech.
It is seen that Priyanka is also emulating the symbolic roles of Rahul Gandhi’s cameo. After being detained at a Sitapur boarding house on October 3, she was seen sweeping the floor.
UP Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath criticized her, saying that people wanted to make her fit for the job and that they had trained her to do it. These (opposition) people had nothing to do except create a nuisance and spread negativity, he said.
Making a strong exception to the CM spike, Priyanka came to a Dalit-dominated colony in Lucknow and wielded the broom in a Valmiki temple. She said that Yogi Adityanath’s dart towards her was anti-Dalit.
While Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to woo farmers, Dalits, and Hindus has not resulted in electoral victories, will Priyanka succeed?