BJP says Priyanka turning active will not help Congress

The BJP said Priyanka Gandhi “turning active” in politics is an internal matter of Congress but it will not improve the party’s poll prospects.

“This is an internal matter of the Congress. As far as BJP is concerned our leadership is very clear and our aim is to get a majority in 2014 polls … Going by the performance of the party, I don’t think there is going to be any difference in the Congress poll prospects,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters.

He was asked about Priyanka Gandhi attending a meeting of Congressleaders on Tuesday at Rahul Gandhi’s residence and whether her “turning active” in politics will affect the party’s prospects.

Trivedi said the people have seen what all has happened under UPA rule, and the assembly election results were just one indicator of their anger. “The rest will be evident in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

Asked about reports of Rahul Gandhi having hired a foreign agency for an image makeover, BJP said it has no such information.

Queried if Congress has accepted the “failure” of Rahul Gandhi and is now trying to bring in Priyanka Gandhi, Trivedi said, “Congress has been destabilized after the results of assembly elections. We will react when they have a stable mindset”.

Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday created flutters in political circles when she attended a meeting of top Congress leaders at the residence of her brother Rahul, ahead of the AICC conclave on January 17 in which he may be made the prime ministerial candidate.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, Union minister Jairam Ramesh, AICC general secretaries Madhusudan Mistri, Janardan Dwivedi, Ajay Maken and party ideologue Mohan Gopal were present in the meeting, the sources said.

There was no clarity whether Rahul was present in the meeting or not. Party sources were not ready to come on record on this.

Congress also downplayed Priyanka’s presence at the meeting saying she has been active in Congress politics and what was the surprise in her meeting senior leaders.

There has been speculation in recent months on whether Priyanka, who has so far confined her politics to campaign for her mother Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli, would take a plunge into politics full time.

Priyanka, who turns 42 next week and has a charisma of her own, has had a role in nurturing Rae Bareli and visits Amethi for campaigning for Rahul during elections.

A senior leader dismissed as “wild” speculation that Priyanka could be made the party’s PM candidate and Rahul as party chief.—IANS