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Congress to launch UP campaign in Varanasi with Priyanka rally on Oct 9

The Congress is expected to launch its poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh on October 9, with party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressing a public rally in Varanasi.

Preparations for the rally have begun, a state party leader said, adding that the event was being organised to “give a message of change” to the people across the state.

The party is planning to give 60 percent of its tickets for the upcoming Assembly elections to those between the ages 30 and 40, reports said. It’s inviting applications from prospective candidates till October 10.

Priyanka, who is in Lucknow on a five-day visit, is reported to have given her consent for the same.

“The leadership feels that this is the group which has suffered most at the hands of the myopic vision of the BJP government and, therefore, wants change. Putting up good candidates with whom the public can relate is a natural thought,” a party functionary said.

Veterans in the party, however, believe that the Congress needs more than a formula for its revival in Uttar Pradesh.

“The party is still struggling to put things in an affirmative and clear perspective. The formula may not find many buyers in a highly caste and religion sensitive UP, unlike Kerala where development and candidates are considered over traditional factors,” said a party veteran.