Raebareli: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in his mother Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency of Raebareli, ahead of the third phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also shared the dais to extend support to her brother and Congress workers. Ms Vadra's entry in the campaign came after Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the Congress' star campaigner was trying to avoid "people's questions" about the "unfulfilled promises" of the Congress.
The Congress has forged an alliance with the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state and much of the credit for this alliance was accorded to Ms Vadra. While Ms Vadra has refused to play a pro-active role in politics, she has campaigned for her mother and brother in their respective parliamentary constituencies - Raebareli and Amethi - in the past.
Scheduled for 19 February, the third phase will witness polls in 69 constituencies spread across 12 districts. The third phase will also see heavyweights contest the polls in Lucknow, Kanpur, Kannauj, Etawah among others.