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Priyanka Gandhi formally joins politics ahead of India elections

Priyanka Gandhi is from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has given India three prime ministers, including Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.


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Updated: January 24, 2019

Priyanka Gandhi, a scion of India’s most prominent political family, has formally entered politics ahead of the general election due in May, Indian media reported on Wednesday (Jan 23).

Mr Rahul Gandhi, her brother and president of India’s main opposition Indian National Congress party, appointed her as a general secretary in the All India Congress Committee – the party’s central decision-making assembly – for the eastern part of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, according to a party statement.

“Honourable Congress president has appointed Shrimati Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East,” the party said in a statement signed by general secretary Ashok Gehlot, as quoted by The Statesman.

“I am very pleased personally that my sister, who is very capable, will work with me,” Mr Rahul Gandhi, 48, told reporters.

Ms Gandhi is from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has given India three prime ministers, including Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. Her father, Rajiv Gandhi, also served as prime minister and her grandmother, Indira Gandhi, was the first female prime minister of India.

Congress workers have long been demanding that Ms Priyanka Gandhi, 46, who resembles the charismatic Indira Gandhi, should take up an official position in the party.

Ms Gandhi has always had a say in strategising electoral campaigns and preparing the candidate list for the Congress, but did not previously have a formal position in Congress.

“The responsibility given to Priyanka-ji is very important. This will not only have an effect on eastern Uttar Pradesh but also other regions,” senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra said, as reported by The Statesman newspaper, using a term of respect for Ms Gandhi.

Businessman Robert Vadra, Ms Gandhi’s husband, took to Facebook to congratulate her.

“Congratulations P… always by your side in every phase of your life. Give it your best,” he said in the post.

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties have often criticised the Congress party for what they term “dynastic politics”, DPA reported on Wednesday.

While Ms Gandhi will oversee the Congress party’s efforts in Uttar Pradesh East, Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia – a Member of Parliament representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh – was given charge of the western part of Uttar Pradesh state.

Uttar Pradesh sends the largest number of lawmakers in the country, 80, to Parliament.

The eastern part of the state is also home to the holy city of Varanasi, which forms part of the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Though it was once a stronghold, the Congress party has performed poorly in this state in recent times, winning only two seats in the 2014 general election.



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