Priyanka Gandhi may have delayed the inevitable but by, all indications, her time on the sidelines could be fast running out.
With the high-stakes general elections staring at the nation, the daughter of India’s political first family may be forced to take the plunge into electoral fray in 2014 in a bid to give her brother Rahul and mother Sonia time and space for their bigger roles in the party than just Rae Bareli and Amethi.
All these years, a popular slogan in Amethi in every election has been “Amethi ka danka, bitiya Priyanka (Amethi’s pride is its daughter Priyanka). But she had let it pass smilingly.
When she had said, “I have said it a thousand times that I am not interested in joining politics” in 1999, people — both Congress men and Opposition leaders, and even the media — had smiled indulgently.Read more: Will Priyanka Gandhi debut in 2014 Lok Sabha elections?
"Which leader out of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi can give the Congress the best results in 2014?" was an online poll that HT did.
56% of the respondents believe that Priyanka Gandhi is the most capable of delivering results in favour of Congress in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, until 12pm (Sunday).
As many as 28% of them believe that Rahul Gandhi may be the man behind Congress' success in 2014, while rest 16% are willing to invest their faith in Sonia Gandhi.