Priyanka Gandhi nee Vadra has finally arrived authoritatively in the politics of Uttar Pradesh with Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointing her as Congress General Secretary Incharge of Eastern UP districts including Amethi and Rai Bareli. In fact, she had been managing affairs of Rai Bareli Lok Sabha Constituency represented by her mother and UPA president Sonia Gandhi. She has also been in good touch with the electorate in Amethi, represented by Shri Rahul Gandhi.
As a matter of fact, Priyanka Vadra who resembles her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been greatly popular and Congress workers have been insisting that she be given some responsibility in the party.
Today, there was a wave of happiness and enthusiasm among Congress workers who see her as the new hope for the party especially in 28 Eastern districts. (Written by Muslim Saleem – January 23, 2019)
Born 12 January 1972, she also serves as Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. She is the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, and granddaughter of Feroze and Indira Gandhi, making her a member of the wider Nehru-Gandhi family.
Priyanka Gandhi did her schooling from the Modern School and Convent of Jesus & Mary. She pursued her graduation in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She completed her Psychology degree and later on did her MA in Buddhist studies in 2010.
Gandhi had regularly visited her mother’s and brother’s constituencies of Rae Bareilly and Amethi where she dealt with the people directly.
She is a popular figure in the constituency, drawing large crowds everywhere; a popular slogan in Amethi in every election has been Amethi ka danka, bitiya Priyanka (the clarion call from Amethi is for Priyanka [to stand elections.
In the Indian general election, 2004, she was her mother’s campaign manager and helped supervise her brother Rahul Gandhi’s campaign.
In the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, 2007, while Rahul Gandhi managed the statewide campaign, 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.
She is married to Robert Vadra, a businessman from Delhi. The wedding took place at the Gandhi home, 10 Janpath, on 18 February 1997 in a traditional Hindu ceremony.They have two children; a son Raihan and a daughter Miraya. Priyanka Gandhi is converted to Buddhism.She follows Buddhist philosophy and a practitioner of Vipassanā as taught by S. N. Goenka.