New Delhi: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi as the general secretary of the Congress of Eastern Uttar Pradesh is a confirmation of the fact that party chief Rahul Gandhi cannot handle politics alone.

"As far as Priyanka ji is concerned, she is a good woman, but the thing is, Rahul ji has in a way accepted that he cannot handle politics alone, he has realised that. It is a big thing that he has realised it now, and that is why he has brought in Priyanka ji for help, so it is a good thing," Mahajan told the media on Thursday.

Priyanka’s long overdue and anticipated organisational appointment in the Congress comes just months before the pivotal 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

An official statement released by the Congress said that Priyanka will also oversee the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, a state that is extremely crucial in deciding who forms the government at the Centre. 

Speaking about Jyotiraditya Scindia, who will be taking care of Western Uttar Pradesh, Mahajan said, “Our Jyotiraditya ji has also being given a big responsibility. I would like to congratulate him, the party has so much trust in him. It is a matter of pride, in a way, for Madhya Pradesh. A person from the state was trusted enough to be given the responsibility of western Uttar Pradesh.”