Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

‘Priyanka magic’ draws thousands at debut rally in India

Resigned because of'extra-constitutional authority of Rahul Gandhi S M Krishna Former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna
Jeannette Daniel | 11 February, 2019, 20:51

"I have hope that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders".

A mega roadshow in Lucknow that drew thousands grandly marked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry into active politics on Monday. She has so far followed seven accounts and they include Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the Congress, Ahmed Patel, Randeep S Surjewala, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. Sources in the Congress party have even hinted that she could be the chief ministerial face of the party in Uttar Pradesh in the 2022 assembly elections.

This is not the first time that BJP leaders have courted controversy with their remarks on Priyanka.

When the three senior Congress leaders embarked on the roadshow, from the airport to the party headquarters, rose petals and marigold garlands were showered at their cavalcade.

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Priyanka's appointment as the general secretary assumes significance as the Congress is desperately trying to revive itself in the Hindi-speaking state, which used to be its bastion till the mid-1980s.

Since the announcement of Priyanka's entry into politics, India's financial crime-fighting agency Enforcement Directorate has questioned her husband, Robert Vadra, in a case relating to alleged ownership of 1.9 million pounds ($2.45 million) of undisclosed assets overseas. "Everyone knows that when Priyanka Gandhi is in Delhi she wears jeans and top but dons saree and sindoor when she comes to the constituencies".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday underlined his party's ambitions in Uttar Pradesh saying the party can not afford to be weak in the state.

But it won't be easy for the brother-sister combination in Uttar Pradesh, a poor state of 220 million people where two regional caste-based parties now compete for power with the BJP and Congress is only a marginal player.

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