Congress pins hopes of revival on Priyanka

Above: Mrs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of the Congress party campaigning in Gujarat earlier this week. Left: The site (building with an arch) where the party used to have its office in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Mrs Vadra is in charge of the party's electio
Mrs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of the Congress party campaigning in Gujarat earlier this week.PHOTO: REUTERS

Party hopes to cash in on her Gandhi family connection and anti-BJP sentiment to win over Uttar Pradesh state

The office of a political party is often considered a city's local landmark. But if you were to ask for directions to a Congress office in Gorakhpur, a key city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, locals would often give you puzzled looks.

You cannot blame them. Congress has been without an office here for nearly two years. In April 2017, the party had to move out of its modest rented premises after the proprietor of the building won a legal battle against it over a protracted rent dispute. Since then, the "grand old party" of India has been on the lookout for a spot to work out of.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Congress pins hopes of revival on Priyanka'. Print Edition | Subscribe