Reviving Congress' fortunes is a daunting challenge for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a leader of India's main opposition Congress party, addresses her party's supporters during a public meeting in Gandhinagar, India on March 12, 2019.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a leader of India's main opposition Congress party, addresses her party's supporters during a public meeting in Gandhinagar, India on March 12, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

GORAKHPUR (Uttar Pradesh) - The office of a political party is often considered a local landmark. But if you happen to ask around for directions to a Congress office in Gorakhpur, a key city in eastern Uttar Pradesh, locals often return your query with puzzled looks.

You can't blame them. The party has been without an office here for nearly two years. In April 2017 it had to move out of its modest rented premises after the proprietor of the building won a legal battle against Congress 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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