People want Priyanka to enter politics

Locals here, including Congress members,feels it is Priyanka Vadra is more capable of bringing about a sea change in the countries politics.

Updated: Jan 27, 2012, 13:12 PM IST

Rae Bareli/Amethi: Locals here, including
Congress members, may be fond of Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul
but feel it is Priyanka Vadra who has the mettle and charisma
of her late grandmother Indira Gandhi and is more capable of
bringing about a sea change in the countries politics.

"We like Priyanka Gandhi more than Rahul.When she gets
down from her car and walks towards the people, you feel
Indira Gandhi- in her `Ma Durga` avatar- is standing in front
of you.

"She is the real inheritor of her grandmother and her
father Rajiv Gandhi’s legacy. She should definitely enter
politics," says Ghanshyam Pathak, a local shopkeeper who has
been associated with the Congress for decades.

He recalls with fondness the days when Indira Gandhi
was at the helm of affairs in the Congress.

Though the voters of these two "VIP constituencies" are
loyal supporters of the first family of Congress, they feel
Priyanka is the most charismatic and able in the Nehru-Gandhi
clan on Friday.

Her connect with the poor folk- especially women- has
endeared her to the public.

Some Congress supporters feel if not from here, she can
contest from any other constituency but it is time she entered
politics.

"She can contest from her in-laws place- Moradabad or
any constituency in that region.Once she enters politics,
Samajwadi Party and BSP will be decimated," said Pathak, his
affection for her overtaking his reasoning.

Priyanka visited Rae Bareli earlier this month to
campaign for the Congress.

She had then stated that she was helping out her brother
Rahul, who as party general secretary and star campaigner, is
canvassing in other parts of UP and other poll-bound states.

In reply to a question from the media, Priyanka had said
that for the moment she was confining herself to these two
seats but will campaign in other parts too if Rahul wants her
to.

Asked about Priyanka`s role in the Uttar Pradesh
elections, Congress General Secretary Digivijay Singh said
that she is a part of the campaign and it is upto her
and the party to decide which constituencies she will visit.

Locals here are looking forward to her next visit.
Kishorilal Sharma, an associate of the Gandhi family who
looks after Sonia and Rahul work in the twin constituencies,
said Priyanka will be back on February 2 to begin the next
round of campaign.

Polling in the Vidhan Sabha seats of Rae Bareli and
Amethi will be held on February 19.

During her trips to Rae Bareli and Amethi, Priyanka is
usually more forthcoming than Sonia and Rahul and stops and
chats with the people.

"Have you noticed that she always wears a saree when
she visits the constituency? She has a patient ear when people
recount their woes," said Ram Pratap Mishra, a clerk working
in Amethi.

The recent war of words between Rahul and BJP firebrand
leader Uma Bharti is also a point of discussion here with
some feeling Priyanka would have given a more befitting reply
to the Hindutva leader.

Rahul had raked up the issue of Bharti being an outsider
in UP (she is from Madhya Pradesh), prompting the latter to
say that Sonia is from Italy but contests from Rae Bareli.

Even those who are opposed to the Congress concede that
she would be a more formidable opponent than Rahul but refuse
to speak on record.

Some leaders, though discrete in their uttering, feel
Priyanka is more to-the-point and also possesses the charm
that would bring more youth and women under the Congress
banner.

PTI