After Rahul, Priyanka too to play political role for Congress
After Rahul Gandhi’s decision to play more active role in Congress, the party has assigned a new role for his sister Priyanka Vadra.
The Gandhi scion has been entrusted with the responsibility to look after the constituency affairs in Rae Bareli in absence of her mother and party President Sonia Gandhi. According to reports, Priyanka will hold Janata Darbar in Delhi to hear issues and grievances from the constituency.
In the past the 40-year-old Priyanka has been the party’s star campaigner in the boroughs of her brother’s seat Amethi and Sonia's Rae Bareli. During election campaigns she has been seen interacting with the common folk, and apparently enjoys talking to them. She intends to serve the people without actively joining politics.
It has been noted by the party that she is level-headed and organized and has got all the ability to become a good mass leader. However, she has asserted in the past that she was never interested in joining politics.
With Priyanka entering politics, Congress seems on a mission to revamp the party in Uttar Pradesh. Also, the general elections in 2014 have been kept in mind. The Congress is also reworking on the factors that contributed to the party's rout this year. Despite frequent roadshows and public meetings by Rahul Gandhi and sister Priyanka, the Congress performed poorly in the State assembly elections.
Rahul Gandhi has also been under pressure from party loyalists to take up a higher public profile, but he has declined to accept a government post and often keeps his distance from the daily political fray. But last month Rahul had vowed to play a more proactive role in the party drawing praise from the Congress top brass.
It will be interesting to observe whether Priyanka will take the most famous political dynasties in the country to a larger height. Priyanka Vadra is the second child of late Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She is married to businessman Robert Vadra. They have two children, Raihan and Miraya.
- Asian Tribune –