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Priyanka Gandhi holds roadshow to launch her political career

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Deanna Wagner | 11 February, 2019, 20:50

'Congress started in UP and it can not stay weak here.

Reacting to a remark by BJP leader, Harish Dwivedi about the Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's choice of clothes in a demeaning manner, former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti slammed the BJP leader and said "what a woman chooses to wear is none of anybody's business". 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.

Crowds showered rose petals on the great-granddaughter of India's founding leader Jawaharlal Nehru as she took an open bus tour through Lucknow, capital of the key northern state of Uttar Pradesh. "Uttar Pradesh is feeling privileged as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is beginning her active politics from here. we can see hoardings with slogans 'Badlav ki aandhi, Rahul sang Priyanka Gandhi [winds of change, with Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi]'", he said.

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On Monday, Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra, now embroiled in investigation by the Enforcement Directorate, urged people to ensure her safety. The Hindu nationalist BJP calls Priyanka's appointment an extension of Congress's "dynastic politics".

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

Since the announcement of Priyanka's entry into politics, India's financial crime-fighting agency Enforcement Directorate has questioned her husband, Robert Vadra, in a case relating to alleged ownership of 1.9 million pounds ($2.45 million) of undisclosed assets overseas. This ended last month when she accepted a key party post. If Rahul Gandhi is a failure, Priyanka is also a failure.