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Priyanka Gandhi may contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Rae Bareli: Reports

While Priyanka Gandhi is being praised for playing a very crucial role in swinging an alliance for Congress with the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls, her husband Robert Vadra took to Facebook today to hail the partnership and toast "two young & dynamic leaders- Rahul Gandhi & Akhilesh Yadav."

He didn't mention his wife Priyanka in the post, though.

The timing of Vadra's comments is interesting, as Congress party leaders are scrambling to assure everyone that Priyanka's success and its acknowledgment doesn't mean her brother Rahul is being sidelined.

Vadra's comments also come at a time when speculation is rife that Priyanka will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from her mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's constituency in UP, Rae Bareli.

Vadra, in his post today, called Rahul and SP chief Akhilesh "youth icons" with "brilliant ideas."

After the Akhilesh faction of the rift-ridden SP was allowed the use of the party's electoral symbol, the cycle, last week, the Congress immediately said it would ally with the SP in the upcoming polls to ensure that a "sectarian" BJP is shut out of Uttar Pradesh. But the alliance almost didn't happen, as the Congress wanted to contest from more seats than the SP was willing to give it.

That's when Priyanka stepped in and managed to achieve a compromise with SP chief and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The Congress was quick to acknowledge her role. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel even tweeted about Priyanka's position terming discussions with her as the "highest level" of talks.

"It is a fact that Rahul's dependence on his sister has increased a lot. She is looking after many functions discharged by Sonia as also the back-end operations of Rahul's office," an insider has been quoted as saying by the Times of India.