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UP BJP's 'Priyanka Stakes'

UP BJP's 'Priyanka Stakes'

When Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party state president Swatantradev Singh announced his much awaited team on August 22, the most shocking name in it was Priyanka Singh Rawat. Priyanka, a 35-year-old former MP from Barabanki, has made a direct entry as the state general minister by hitting a blistering entry in the UP BJP's state executive. Despite not getting a ticket from the Barabanki (Security) parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha elections last year, Priyanka remained firmly associated with the party and gave full support to the BJP candidate in Barabanki. Priyanka has given this reward to the BJP, by denying the claim of three senior Dalit leaders, making them the state general ministers. In the 43-member state executive, the BJP has given place to eight Dalit leaders, in which Priyanka, who belongs to the Pasi caste, is the youngest.

BJP lacks influential Dalit leaders in UP. In the last few years, the party has put forward leaders like Ramshankar Katheria, Kaushal Kishore, Krishna Raj, Kanta Kardam, but these have proved unable to make their mark among the Dalits all over UP. The BJP has created a strategy to catch up with the Dalits and especially the youth ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, through the fluent English-speaking flamboyant Priyanka.

Priyanka's father Uttamram Singh, originally from Ekta Nagar area of ​​Bareilly, was a block development officer. Priyanka was affected by her father's field of work involving the development of rural areas. Priyanka was also very interested in topics like farmers, farming. After completing her initial education from Bareilly, Priyanka did a BA in History and Political Science from Rohelkhand University and MA in Political Science. Priyanka joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) while studying at the university. In 2007, along with an MA from Political Science, Priyanka also took a course in Mass Communication in Electronic Journalism from Rohilkhand University. In the same year, Priyanka was married to Raghunath Singh, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and a resident of Gonda district. Currently Raghunath is posted as Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.

After marriage, Priyanka started living with her husband in Nagpur and also started reporting and anchoring in a news channel here. After joining journalism, Priyanka's desire to do something for the society grew stronger. She also started active social service with journalism. Priyanka's mother-in-law was in Gonda, she also owned a house in Barabanki and her father settled in Lucknow after retiring. Priyanka also started social service programs by staying in Barabanki. In the year 2013, the then UP BJP state president Dr. Laxmikant Vajpayee got Priyanka Rawat to join BJP and instructed her to go to Barabanki and work as a party. After this, Priyanka enthusiastically started strengthening the BJP in Barabanki. Gradually, Priyanka established her image as a working young worker in the BJP organization of Barabanki.

Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the BJP started organizing the Vijay Shankhanad rally, Priyanka Rawat played a big role locally in the successful organization of it. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the BJP felt the need for a new and young leader to make it a candidate from Barabanki (Security), the search for the party came to the fore with Priyanka Rawat. Priyanka was declared a BJP candidate from Barabanki (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency and rode on the Modi wave as a Lok Sabha election in the very first election of life. After this, Priyanka Rawat started development work in the fields of agriculture, education, health, roads in Barabanki. Priyanka had caught everyone's attention by raising the issue of an incomplete dam lying at Suratganj in Ramnagar on the banks of the Ghaghra River (now Saryu) in flood-affected Barabanki. After this the dam started being built.

As MP, it was Priyanka's important achievement to repair roads and build new roads in Barabanki. Priyanka's construction of National Highway-56, the road from Ramnagar to Rupidhia border in Barabanki on National Highway-28, was a significant achievement. Apart from this, Priyanka included a dozen villages of Barabanki in Deva Road, Lucknow Outer Ring Road. Due to Priyanka's efforts, a trauma center was established in Barabanki and a college in Daryabad area of ​​the district. In a five-year tenure, Priyanka got the certificates of more than one lakh farmers' fields tested by lab from the lab and got certificates to show them how much fertilizer to put in the fields.

Priyanka Rawat, who did not get BJP ticket in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, is facing a bigger challenge than the entry-level entry party of the party as General Secretary in the state executive. Priyanka, who does not have the experience of working as an officer in the organization, now has to prove that the UP BJP has given her such a huge responsibility, not in the bailout but on merit. If Priyanka could do it, then a new young Dalit leader will emerge in UP.

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