Lucknow, Feb 13 : Hard task master Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who has been recently appointed as Congress general secretary ( Uttar Pradesh east) held a marathon 16 hours meeting on Tuesday which ended in the early hours on Wednesday and was ready within six hours to start afresh a series of meetings with party workers on Wednesday.
Waving her hand from her vehicle, Priyanka entered the Nehru Bhawan , the state headquarters of the Congress here at around 1 pm on Wednesday to continue her second day of the meeting.
On the first day, she shared her mantra for unity with all the Congress workers, another common thread running through all her meetings was a set of questions she posed — that went largely unanswered.
She also informed the leaders that a dedicated party worker would be given priority in getting the Lok Sabha ticket and the turncoats, who ruled the roost in the past, would be ignored.
The series of meetings kick started on Tuesday with workers from Unnao constituency, where Priyanka enquired about the number of votes received from their local booth. The party workers, however, failed to answer her question.
Priyanka then popped up another question, this time, enquiring about when the last time the party workers held a meeting at their respective booths. This, once again, remained unanswered. The party representatives were further stumped when Priyanka asked them to spell out the number of votes the Congress bagged in their respective constituencies in the last Lok Sabha polls.
When Priyanka asked a leader from Lucknow ,who contested the assembly polls on party ticket in the past elections, that how much votes was polled in his home booth, the leader could not reply.
Priyanka also wanted to know about the local issues of various constituencies and asked the workers to elucidate on their strategies to strengthen the Congress’ chances of winning the upcoming elections. Apart from meek responses from here and there, not many were able to make any reply to the newly anointed Congress leader’s queries.
According to sources, Priyanka also kept a diary with her the entire time, in which she noted down important points and feedback from Congress workers. However, another person also assisted Priyanka in writing down the reply of the leaders. The leaders who met Priyanka also had to fill a form before going to the meeting, in which they had to inform about the past association with the party and their work history.
On Tuesday,Priyanka, held a 16 hour marathon meeting senior leaders and office bearers of Lucknow, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Ambedkar Nagar, Sitapur, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Bahraich, Phulpur and Ayodhya Lok Sabha constituencies.UNI