Priyanka Gandhi holds roadshow to launch her political career

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi claims that the space for his party has opened up in Uttar Pradesh

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi claims that the space for his party has opened up in Uttar Pradesh

On January 25, Bihar minister Vinod Narayan Jha, in a statement, called Priyanka Gandhi "a very lovely face" who had no political achievement to her credit.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi pulled a surprise last month by appointing his younger sister a party general secretary.

Huge banners and poster of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been placed on the roads of Lucknow by the party workers on the eve of mega rally.

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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Although Priyanka has helped manage elections for her brother and her mother, former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, she has never held an official party post until now.

The 47-year-old Priyanka - she is usually referred to by just her first name - bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and is known for her gifts as a speaker able to connect with voters. Ahead of Priyanka's mega roadshow, a phone message popped up from Priyanka Gandhi saying "Lucknow, I am coming'". The Hindu nationalist BJP calls Priyanka's appointment an extension of Congress's "dynastic politics".

Upon being asked about the possible impact of Priyanka's entry into active politics ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Dwivedi told media persons in Basti, "For me or the BJP, Priyanka Gandhi is not an issue".

A day before her maiden visit to Uttar Pradesh as the state's Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that together with the people of the state she hopes to start a "new kind of politics" in which everyone will be a stakeholder. "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". It especially needs a breakthrough in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP won 71 of the state's 80 seats in 2014.

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