New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday appointed Raj Babbar as party president in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the crucial assembly elections in the state next year. Babbar will lead the party’s campaign in the politically-crucial state where the Congress faces a tough challenge in the wake of a string of electoral losses.
The party looks to put up a good show in UP where India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to dislodge regional forces that have alternated power for almost a decade Babbar, who was born in UP’s Agra district on June 23, 1952, is a three-time Lok Sabha MP. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1994-1999. In the 2014 general elections, he contested the Ghaziabad seat and lost to Gen VK Singh.
The Congress did not specify whether Priyanka Gandhi, party president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter, will play an active role in campaigning, though speculations were rife about a formal announcement. “Everyone associated with Congress has a role, and it will continue like that,” Azad said at a press conference in the evening. There have been reports that Priyanka could campaign beyond the family pocket boroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi in UP, and that she could also hold rallies in other poll-bound states as well.