Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (37) often evokes memories of her grandmother Indira Gandhi. She knows it: “I look like her.” With a naughty smile she adds, “It’s my nose.”
Chuckling, Priyanka feels her nose with the tip of the index finger as she walks towards her white SUV waiting to take her to 15 public meetings across Rae Bareli — mother Sonia Gandhi’s (63) constituency.
She is a bit emotional today. She remembers how her grandmother used to call Rae Bareli her karmabhoomi (land of action). There is a tinge of regret in her voice as she tells Hindustan Times she never got a chance to visit Rae Bareli with Indira. But she recalls her visit to Jais in Rae Bareli district and Amethi as a 15-year-old.
Busy raising her children Rehan and Miraya, she has taken time out to campaign for her mother and brother Rahul Gandhi (38). “I miss my children here,” she says. Asked if she’d like her children to enter politics, she is shocked at the mere thought. “For god’s sake, no.”
Priyanka, who had drawn a lot of attention with her “never say never” to a query on chances of her joining politics, has been working hard. Would her charisma work? “I have worked hard. I hope the poll percentage goes up,” she says.