We Do Politics For People, So We Will Play On The Front Foot: Rahul Gandhi

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| January 23 , 2019 , 16:25 IST

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday revealed that the appointment of his sister Priyanka Gandhi as General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East was part of plans to rebuild the party's base in the state. He also said the Congress will cooperate with the BSP and SP to defeat the BJP in whatever ways possible.

Rahul Gandhi further said it was up to Priyanka Gandhi to decide whether or not to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to media Congress President said, "I fully respect Akhileshji and Mayawatiji. They have done their alliance and they are not our enemies. We are fighting together. If remaining parties want to join us, it is welcome."

"Their (SP and BSP) ideology is very much similar to that of the Congress. And we have to defeat the BJP in the state. Wherever cooperation is possible, we will cooperate to defeat the BJP. We can work together," he said.

"But we have to make our own space to spread the Congress ideology and for that it (appointment of Priyanka and Scindia) is a big step. I am fully confident that they will work to bring a positive change. I have given them a mission in Uttar Pradesh to realise the ideology, which is our ideology, for the poor and weaker sections," he said.

When asked if Priyanka Gandhi would contest the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi added, "It depends on her. We are not going to play on the backfoot. We have not played on the backfoot in Gujarat also. We do politics for people. So we will play on the front foot."

"I am fully confident that Priyanka and Scindia will give Uttar Pradesh what the state needs and what the youth of the state need."

Gandhi said that with the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi, new thinking will grip Uttar Pradesh politics.

"I am happy that Priyanka, who is very capable, will work with me and I am personally very happy," he said, adding that Scindia too was a dynamic youth leader.

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Attacking the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, he said: "We want to tell the people of Uttar Pradesh that you people have wasted a lot of time by giving the BJP the mandate. The BJP has destroyed Uttar Pradesh.

"Remove them, we will give a new direction to the state and will bring it to the number one position. I am not talking about caste or religion but with you we want to fulfil your dreams. The BJP is rattled."