Princess of Gandhi Family joins active Politics, Will she prove Lucky Charm for the Congress?




Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins active politics (Courtesy: Twitter)

Ahead of General elections in 2019, Gandhian party seems to have launched its Brahmastra as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, sister of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Princess of Nehru family.

Ms Vadra has been appointed AICC (All India Congress Committee) General Secretary of Eastern Uttar Pradesh by his brother Rahul Gandhi who currently holds the post of AICC National president. She will be dealing with her two veterans of BJP – Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.

“UP is central to building a new hope filled & compassionate India. The new UP AICC team lead by Priyanka & Jyotiraditya, will herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state. We will offer the youth in UP a dynamic new platform to transform the state,” Rahul tweeted.

“I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya for just two months. I have sent them to take the Congress’ ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters in a reply to her contesting elections in coming Lok Sabha.

“I am very happy that my sister will now work with me. She is a powerful leader,” he added while talking to the media.

In a reply to the media on whether joining of Priyanka is an aftermath of SP-BSP alliance sans Congress, he said No. “I respect Mayawatiji and Akhileshji and we all three are up against Modi government and we have the same goal to defeat the NDA,” he said.

47-year-old Priyanka Gandhi Vadra resembles her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi and speculations that Congress would bring her into active politics have come true. Earlier, she was confined to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi – Amethi and Raebareli. In national and state elections since 2004, the mother-of-two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.

Congress seems to be very excited after her coming to active politics. “Many congratulations to Shri K C Venugopal, Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Shri @JM_Scindia on their new appointments. We’re fired up & ready to go!” the party tweeted.

Besides Priyanka, two other party stalwarts have been charged with fresh responsibilities. K C Venugopal has been appointed as AICC General Secretary (organisation) who is currently AICC General Secretary In-Charge of Karnataka. This role with be continued for him.

As per press release from Ashok Gehlot, General Secretary, Jyotiradiyta Scindia has been appointed to take care of Western UP as AICC General Secretary and Priyanka has been appointed to take care of Eastern UP as AICC General Secretary. Appointments of Venugopal and Scindia will be immediately effective whereas Priyanaka will hold the reins from first week of February. Priyana is currently in New York and she is expected to come here in first of February.

Indira Gandhi had gained iconic status in Congress and certainly was Congress’s lucky charm. If Priyanka will prove to be the lucky charm for the grand old party of India will be only decided after General Elections.

Anyway, the BJP is not at all happy about this. “There is a difference between Congress and BJP. In BJP, the party is family whereas in Congress, the family is the party’, BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra retorted.