The reason, as explained by the party is tradition.
“It has been a tradition that Gandhi family members do not campaign in byelections and that would be followed even in this byelection,” said Satyadev Tripathi, chairman, UPCC communication department.
Party sources however, tried to convince upon Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning for Raj Babbar in 2009 when he was fielded against Dimple Yadav, wife of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, from Firozabad. Rahul Gandhi was not the party vice-president then.
AICC secretary in-charge of the state Madhusudan Mistry, senior party leaders Jitin Prasada, Beni Prasad Verma, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Salman Khurshid, Pradeep Jain and P L Punia will lead the bypoll campaign, suggests the released list.
Digvijaya Singh, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhupendra Singh Hooda, Janardan Dwivedi and Mohsina Kidwai are listed as star campaigners.
Pramod Tiwari, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, UPCC president Nirmal Khatri, leader of the party in UP Assembly Pradeep Mathur, senior leaders Sanjay Singh, Avinash Pandey, RPN Singh, Jitin Prasada, Rajiv Shukla, Raj Babbar, Pradeep Jain Aditya, Sachin Pilot, Begum Noor Bano, Nagma, Naseeb Singh are the other leaders who are scheduled to tour the poll bound areas.