Priyanka Gandhi Vadra debuts on Twitter, trumps BSP chief Mayawati

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

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

Priyanka Gandhi's step into active politics from eastern UP is likely to pose fresh challenges to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that had won 71 of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh - 73 with an ally in 2014 general elections.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a leader of India's main opposition Congress party, waves to her supporters during a roadshow in Lucknow. Priyanka who today conducted a roadshow in the state capital along with party president and her brother Rahul Gandhi is being seen as a serious challenger to several bigwigs, including the Prime Minister himself.

This is not the first time that BJP leaders have courted controversy with their remarks on Priyanka Gandhi. The Hindu nationalist BJP calls Priyanka's appointment an extension of Congress's "dynastic politics".

Congress party President Rahul Gandhi, right, speaks with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during an election campaign rally in Rae Barelli in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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"Aa gayi badlaav ki aandhi, Rahul sung Priyanka Gandhi" (The storm is coming, Rahul along with Priyanka Gandhi), was a favourite slogan among the supporters, many of whom wore caps and T-shirts with Priyanka's picture embossed on them.

"Come, let's build a new future, new politics with me". This ended last month when she accepted a key party post.

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

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", he said.

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