Lucknow, June 13 : The Congress workers from 42 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday demanded that the party declare its general secretary for east Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as its chief ministerial candidate for the 2022 assembly election.
They made the demand at a meeting with Priyanka held here to review the Lok Sabha poll performance and seek feedback to draw a road map for the future. The Congress won only one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh – Rae Bareli from where Sonia Gandhi contested.
The party workers also suggested that the Congress should stay away from any alliance for the 2022 polls and strongly fight the bye-elections to 12 assembly seats.
These seats have fallen vacant following the election of 11 MLAs as MPs and disqualification of BJP MLA from Hamirpur Ashok Chandel.
“Yes, we have requested Priyankaji to be chief ministerial candidate and the Congress will have its own government in the state in 2022,” said senior party leader and former Varanasi MP Rajesh Mishra.
Priyanka visited Rae Bareli with her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday.
Priyanka also held separate closed-door meetings with candidates, district and city unit office bearers and coordinators, did not comment on the demand. But the party leaders were hopeful that she would accept their demand.
While a weak organisation was considered to be main reason for the party’s poor performance in the 2019 polls by candidates, the organisation leaders blamed weak candidates on some seats as the reason for the debacle.
As the bye-election to 12 assembly seats will be held soon, Priyanka asked senior party leaders to volunteer to step up preparations. Priyanka has finalised names of leaders for six out of 12 seats that fall in her charge as general secretary for east UP.