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Priyanka's flop show in Uttar Pradesh

By SYED FIRDAUS ASHRAF
Last updated on: May 23, 2019 23:31 IST

The Congress is a dismal third in 17 of the 19 constituencies where the party's general secretary (east) campaigned in Uttar Pradesh.
Only in Rae Bareli did the party secure a victory. In Amethi, it came second.
Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com reports.

Congress workers expected Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to turn around the party's fortunes in Uttar Pradesh with the swish of a magic wand, yet her combative and calculated campaign failed to lift the grand old party from the abyss of political irrelevance in the state.

Priyanka, who was appointed Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (east) in January, created a buzz during the Lok Sabha election campaign, but failed to revive her party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to win 59 seats in UP. The Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance gave the BJP a fight in many seats, but seems to have been blunted by the Modi factor.

It is only in Rae Bareli -- where Priyanka campaigned -- that the Congress won. Priyanka's mother and United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi contested from Rae Bareli.

A glance at the constituencies where Priyanka campaigned, her party's vote share and that of other parties.

ConstituencyBJPCongressSPBSPApna Dal (Sonelal)Jansatta Dal Loktantrik
Mirzapur   91501 359556   591564  
Kushinagar 597039 146151 259479      
Maharajganj 726349 72516 385925      
Varanasi 674664 152548 195159      
Allahabad 494454 31953 310179      
Amethi 468514 413394        
Pratapgarh 436291 77096   318539   46963
Jaunpur 440192 27185   521128    
Sultanpur 459196 41681   444670    
Unnao 703507 185634 302551      
Jhansi 809272 86139 443589      
Kanpur 468937 313003 48275      
Saharanpur 491722 207068   514139    
Fatehpur 566040 66077   367835    
Ghaziabad 944503 111944 443003      
Bhadohi 510029 25604   466414    
Meerut 586184 34479   581455    
Lucknow 633026 180011 285724      
Rae Bareli 367740 534918        

SYED FIRDAUS ASHRAF / Rediff.com
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