"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.
India's powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday unleashed its newest star with thousands turning out to see Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speak at her first rally as the country gears up for a general election. She has so far followed seven accounts and they include Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the Congress, Ahmed Patel, Randeep S Surjewala, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.
Security personnel had a tough time holding back enthusiastic crowds as the convoy, which included other party leaders including state unit President Raj Babbar and General Secretary West Uttar Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia, wound its way amid full-throated slogans hailing Priyanka Gandhi and lampooning Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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A mother of two, Priyanka is married to a businessman Robert Vadra, who is being investigated for alleged charges of corruption in land deals. The Hindu nationalist BJP calls Priyanka's appointment an extension of Congress's "dynastic politics".
A day before her maiden visit to the state as Congress general secretary in-charge of western Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said she hopes to start a "new kind of politics" in which everyone will be a stakeholder.
Upon being asked about the possible impact of Priyanka's entry into active politics ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Dwivedi told media persons in Basti, "For me or the BJP, Priyanka Gandhi is not an issue". This ended last month when she accepted a key party post. It especially needs a breakthrough in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP won 71 of the state's 80 seats in 2014. If Rahul Gandhi is a failure, Priyanka is also a failure.