Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

Priyanka Gandhi Calls For

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a leader of India's main opposition Congress party, waves to her supporters during a roadshow in Lucknow.

On Monday, Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra, now embroiled in investigation by the Enforcement Directorate, urged people to ensure her safety.

At a stopover, Rahul Gandhi grabbed a microphone and said the appointments of Priyanka and lawmaker Jyotiraditya Scindia as state party leaders were aimed at beyond the general election and bringing Congress into power in Uttar Pradesh.

Analysts say Modi faces a tougher fight this time from Congress which won a clutch of state polls in late 2018, tapping into discontent over the lack of new jobs and farm debt.

The Nehru-Gandhi family has had three prime ministers, including Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India's first prime minister and great grandfather of Rahul and Priyanka, followed by their grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi. "They're definitely focused on the parliamentary election but the aim also is to form a government in the state".

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Weeks after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's official entry into politics, Dwivedi while interacting with the media person at Basti in Uttar Pradesh said; "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".

At a rally she called for supporters to join a campaign to build "a new future" for India and a "new kind of politics where everyone is a stakeholder".

Priyanka opened a Twitter account Monday and drew more than 85,000 followers in hours. "The youth of Uttar Pradesh need a roadmap for the future and the state needs change".

From 21 seats in the 2009 general election in Uttar Pradesh, Congress' tally fell to just two in 2014.

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