In the recent turn of events, another member from Nehru-Gandhi family, Priyanka Gandhi has entered in the political ring. In an official note released on Wednesday January 23, it was announced that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appointed Priyanka Gandhi as new All India Congress Committee General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh
For years, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with her “guest appearances” smudged in the heat and dust of election campaigning has been troubling heavyweight opponents in Uttar Pradesh politics. But with Priyanka finally taking the big plunge in active politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the brand new AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh has added a fresh twist to Congress’s election campaign this polls.
Here’s a brief look into Priyanka’s personal and Political journey
EDUCATION & PERSONAL LIFE
- Priyanka Gandhi did her schooling from the Modern School and Convent of Jesus & Mary.
- She completed her graduation in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi.
- Priyanka has an MA in Buddhist studies, which she completed in 2010.
- She married A Delhi-based businessman Robert Vadra at the Gandhi home on February 18, 1997 in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
- The couple has two children – son Raihan and daughter Miraya.
- Priyanka Gandhi is follower of Buddhist philosophy and a practitioner of Vipassana.
- She once confessed that she was troubled by the fact that she didn’t know her mind and went for a 10-day Vipasana meditation to better know her own mind.
- The 47-year-old Priyanka Gandhi has always been compared to her charismatic grandmother for bearing an uncanny similarity to Indira Gandhi. Political observers believe Priyanka is blessed with the same electrifying personality, often seen draped in similar cotton sarees and a fuss-free bob haircut.
- Priyanka had given her first public speech at the age of 16. However, she did not demonstrate the skills for much of her life after that, as she stayed away from active politics.
- After a row of questions over her disappearance from politics, Priyanka, back in 2009, gave the indication that she was not averse to joining politics “one day”. “As I am growing older, I’m realising that ‘never’ is a bad thing to say. So I’m not going to say never,” she told reporters that time.
- Priyanka is seen as a natural in politics. She has always drawn large crowds in Amethi and Raebareli with a popular slogan in every election, ‘Amethi ka danka, bitiya Priyanka‘.
- In national and state elections since 2004, Priyanka had campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis’ enjoy almost royal status. She was her mother’s campaign manager and helped supervise her brother Rahul Gandhi’s campaign.
- In the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, 2007, she focused on the ten seats in the Amethi Rae Bareilly region, spending two weeks there trying to quell considerable infighting within the party workers over seat allocations.