One year after her dramatic entry into politics, the Congress party is still waiting for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s magic to appear. When she was inducted, last year, as AICC General Secretary, the party believed that she was their “Brahmastra” and would restore the party to its old glory. After the passage of one year, many Congressmen feel that she has not delivered as much as the party had expected.
Priyanka is not new to politics—she has grown up in a distinguished political family. Because of an unwritten pact in the family she had taken a back seat allowing her brother, Rahul Gandhi, to be in the limelight for the past two decades. In any case, Sonia Gandhi preferred her son to be her successor.
After taking charge of the Uttar Pradesh unit she began well with a mega 17 km long road show in Lucknow. She accompanied Rahul to visit the Pulwama victims. She also visited the families of the victims of the Sonbhadra massacre, Unnao rape case and violence during the anti-CAA protests, taking the UP chief minister Yogi head-on. Before the Lok Sabha polls, she visited the Bhim army chief, Chandra Shekhar Azad, in hospital creating ripples. During the polls, till the last minute she kept up the suspense whether she would contest against Modi from Varanasi. But unfortunately, all this is not enough.