12 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was cheered by thousands as she rode in an open truck in Lucknow on Monday along with her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on her first visit to Uttar Pradesh after becoming the Congress General Secretary East UP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Priyanka has what in Hindi is called "chhab" or elegance, in the way she carries the sari on her tall frame, just like her grandmother former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In her speech, Priyanka has clear diction, completely opposite from Rahul Gandhi's blandness of tone and expression.
Priyanka's persona is potentially a very promising package for public life. Born on January 12, 1972 in New Delhi, she did her schooling in the city. She later pursued her degreee in psychology from Jesus and Mary College. Like her brother, Priyanka Gandhi has braved personal tragedies of assassination of her father Rahul Gandhi and her grandmother Indira Gandhi.
A senior party leader said, “She has her own appeal. She is a look-alike of Indira Gandhi and has all the ability of a crowd puller.”
With her mannerisms and looks reminiscent of her grandmother- who was seen as a decisive leader and a fighter - Congress workers always have had an innate and abiding faith in Priyanka Gandhi and in her ability to deliver at the grassroots. Before the mega road show in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka on Sunday called on party workers to initiate a "new kind of politics" which listens to the voices of the poor and the marginalised.
"I have hope in my heart that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders -- my young friends, my sisters and even the weakest person, all their voices will be heard.
"Come, let's build a new future, new politics with me," she said in an audio message.
While BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "Party is the family for the BJP whereas family is the party for Congress”, only time will tell if Congress’ trump card wins them results.
(With IANS Inputs)