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No plans to play more active role in UP politics: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi has so far confined her electoral campaigning to constituencies of her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2016 20:21 IST
Kenneth John
Kenneth John
Hindustan Times
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi with his sister Priyanka Gandhi during inauguration of a photo exhibition on Indira Gandhi's life to mark her 100th birth anniversary celebrations at historical Swaraj Bhawan in Allahabad on Monday, Nov 21, 2016. (PTI)

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said on Monday that she had no immediate plans to take up a more active role in Uttar Pradesh politics.

She added that she would herself inform people if and when she decided on the issue.

Replying to a question about state party workers wanting her to be given a more prominent role in UP politics, Priyanka said: “When I am ready I will let the people know first-hand.”

Priyanka was in Allahabad with Sonia Gandhi and her brother, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, to attend the inauguration of a photo exhibition on the life of her grandmother, former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Priyanka Gandhi has so far confined her electoral campaigning to constituencies of her mother and brother Rahul Gandhi (Rae Bareli and Amethi).

Congress has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for over three decades. The party has also not won any major state assembly poll since its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier in her inaugural address, Sonia Gandhi said Indira Gandhi was not just a figure of history for her, but was her mother-in-law and, more so, a mother to her.

“We lived under the same roof for around 16 years, shared joys and sorrows. I learnt Indian culture and values from her, besides I also imbibed my earliest political lessons from her,” she said.

Referring to her as a person of strong grit and determination, Sonia said “Indira on becoming the country’s Prime Minister in 1966, struggled against all odds for 16 years facing political challenges, hurdles in foreign policies etc to take the country ahead on the path of progress.

“She was fully devoted to the people and hence received their complete trust. A day before her assassination, she had said that every drop of her blood would invigorate the nation, and it did,” Sonia added.

The Congress chief also expressed sorrow over the tragic rail accident in Kanpur on Sunday that claimed over a hundred lives.

Several senior party leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dixit, Saleem Sherwani, Raj Babbar, Rajeev Shukla, Nirmal Khatri, Jatin Prasad, were also present on the occasion.

First Published: Nov 21, 2016 20:20 IST