Priyanka Gandhi Calls For "New Kind Of Politics" Ahead Of UP Visit

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

"Thank you", Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in her message to the people ahead of the visit to the state. Priyanka, the Congress's east UP in-charge, was accompanied by her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, tasked with reviving the party in the eastern part of the state.

When the trio embarked on a roughly 25-km-long roadshow through major thoroughfares of the state capital, rose petals were sprinkled and marigold garlands showered at their cavalcade. On January 30, Surendra Singh, BJP MLA from Rohaniya constituency of Uttar Pradesh dubbed the Congress president "Raavan" and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra "Surpanakha" - the demons from Hindu epic Ramayana. She will also be its face in Uttar Pradesh, the state that sends the highest number of lawmakers to the lower house of parliament and is now dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Uttar Pradesh is feeling privileged as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is beginning her active politics from here. we can see hoardings with slogans 'Badlav ki aandhi, Rahul sang Priyanka Gandhi [winds of change, with Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi]'", he said.

But her so-called "mission" is to revive the Congress in a state that has been pushed to the margins - and it is no easy job. "The youth of Uttar Pradesh need a roadmap for the future and the state needs change", he said.

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

Congress workers believe the induction of Priyanka, who resembles the charismatic Indira Gandhi, will boost the party's chances in the national elections.

Her entry in politics came just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls are scheduled in the country.

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