Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra makes debut on Twitter

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra makes debut on Twitter

On 30 January, Surendra Singh, BJP MLA from Rohaniya constituency of Uttar Pradesh, dubbed the Congress president "Raavan" and his sister Priyanka "Surpanakha" - the demons from Hindu epic Ramayana.

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

Priyanka Gandhi, 47, scion of India's most prominent political family, made her political debut by holding a well-attended roadshow on Monday, ahead of general elections due by May.

They will be accompanied by Congress President Rahul Gandhi - all three visiting the crucial state for the first time after the appointments were announced last month.

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

But a string of BJP defeats in state elections late previous year and rising discontent over a weak farm economy and lacklustre jobs growth have weakened Modi's position, which an increasingly aggressive Congress is looking to capitalize on.

"Come align with us and bring change to Uttar Pradesh", he said. It especially needs a breakthrough in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP won 71 of the state's 80 seats in 2014.

"I hope that we can together start a new kind of politics", she said in an audio message shared by Congress, but she did not make a speech in Lucknow amid fears, political analysts say, she could overshadow her brother.

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

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". Twitter has also verified the account.

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