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Priyanka may campaign in Nehru-Gandhi bastions

Last updated on: December 29, 2011 16:37 IST

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Priyanka Gandhi is likely to lead the Congress campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the pocket-borough of the Nehru-Gandhi family, in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

This was indicated as the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee has given her name to the Election Commission in the list of party leaders and personalities who are likely to campaign for the party in the state.

"Priyanka's name figures along with that of other senior leaders like her mother Sonia Gandhi, for whom the party has sought car passes from the Election Commission for campaigning," Congress sources said.

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They added that Priyanka might lead the campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli districts, which are represented by her brother Rahul and mother respectively in the Lok Sabha.

"It is to facilitate her (Priyanka's) visit, in case she decides to visit the state during electioneering for the coming elections, and ensure that there is no problem in making arrangements for it at the last minute," they said.

Priyanka, 39, had taken primary membership of the Congress in 2004 but has remained away from active politics.

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Sources said Priyanka is expected to limit her campaign to Rae Bareli and Amethi districts.

As Rahul will be busy with campaigning in other parts of the state and Sonia is likely to divide her time among the five states where assembly elections are scheduled, Priyanka will take care of these two districts, they said.

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"She has a personal rapport with the people of these two constituencies and it is like a second home to her," sources said.

They added that she had been a frequent visitor to these areas and had also taken part in campaigning before the Lok Sabha polls.

The state elections will be held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh between February 4 and February 28.

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