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‘Will Emerge As Main Challenger To BJP In UP’: Congress’ Salman Khurshid

Asked if Priyanka Gandhi was the party’s best bet to be the Chief Ministerial face, the former Union minister said, “I am not going to answer that till such time as she does not give us an indication. But she is a wonderful, great face.”

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday admitted that the Congress was not the principal challenger as of now but expressed confidence that it would be before the Uttar Pradesh polls in 2022

In an interview with PTI, Salman Khurshid said that Priyanka Gandhi, the party’s general secretary in the state is determined to ensure that the party fights the polls with all its might.

Salman Khurshid
Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid backed UP Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s leadership.

Asked if Priyanka Gandhi was the party’s best bet to be the Chief Ministerial face, the former Union minister said, “I am not going to answer that till such time as she does not give us an indication. But she is a wonderful, great face.”

“All you have to do is to put the picture of (UP Chief Minister) Yogi (Adityanath) in front of you and Priyanka Gandhi’s picture and you won’t need to ask any more questions,” Salman Khurshid said , who is the chief of the party’s manifesto committee for the state.

But the manner in which she will present herself offers herself to the voters in UP will be her decision, he stressed.

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“I hope that she will make a decision and let us know. As far as we are concerned she is the captain and she is leading us,” he said.

On whether the Congress has the capacity to go solo in the elections, Salman Khurshid asked if there is any alliance on the cards, and added that “nobody has specifically talked to us about an alliance as I understand”.

There is no point in hypotheticals being discussed, the 68-year-old leader said.

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