Amid reports that Priyanka Gandhi will share campaign responsibilities with her brother Rahul, Congress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry on Saturday said that he will be “grateful” if she visits his constituency Vadodara where he is taking on Narendra Modi.
“I will be very happy if she comes... I will indeed be grateful if she comes for a roadshow,” Mr. Mistry, who is filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, said.
His remarks came close on the heels of reports quoting Gandhi family friend and key Congress strategist Sam Pitroda that Ms. Priyanka will share her brother and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s burden.
She will interact with media more and also campaign aggressively in the coming days, Mr. Pitroda has said, making it clear that the 42-year-old would complement her elder brother’s efforts, not overshadow them.
Mr. Mistry’s remarks also came a day after all India Mahila Congress (AIMC) president Shobha Oza said in Bhopal that it is the wish of all Congressmen that Ms. Priyanka should campaign for the party in the entire country.
“It is the wish of all Congressmen,” Ms. Shobha had said when asked whether AIMC wants Ms. Priyanka to campaign in the entire country instead of confining herself to the family pocket borough of Amethi and Rae Bareli.
“However, any final decision on the issue will be entirely her own,” Ms. Shobha has said.