Priyanka is the Congress captain in UP: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said it is up to AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to decide the manner in which she will present herself to the voters in the Uttar Pradesh assembly poll, but asserted she is a “great face” and the “captain” leading the party’s charge in the state.

He asserted Congress will emerge as the principal challenger to BJP before the assembly election and Priyanka Gandhi is determined to ensure the party fights the poll with all its might.

In an interview with PTI, Khurshid said the Congress would not keep waiting for alliances but was determi­n­ed to fight the polls hard with everything “we have got”.

Asked if Priyanka was the party’s best bet to be the chief ministerial face, the former Union minister said, “I am not going to answer that till such time as she does not give us an indication. But she is a wonderful, great face.”

“All you have to do is to put the picture of (UP chief minister) Yogi (Adityanath) in front of you and Priyanka Gandhi's picture and you won't need to ask any more questions," said Khurshid, who is the chief of the party's manifesto committee for the state.

But the manner in which she will present herself, offer herself to the voters in UP will be her decision, he stressed. "I hope that she will take a decision and let us know. As far as we are concerned she is the captain and she is leading us," Khurshid said of the Congress general secretary in-charge of UP.

On the Congress still not being the principal challenger in UP despite efforts by Priyanka Gandhi, Khurshid admitted that the party was not the principal challenger as of now but expressed confidence that it would be before the 2022 poll.

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