When she 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 — smiled indulgently.
For, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra — great granddaughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, granddaughter of Indira Gandhi and daughter of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi — was trying to defy tradition.
Now, the tall, lean and very fit 41-year-old mother of two cannot be so sure. In fact, her decade-long apolitical assignment to manage the flock in Rae Bareli and Amethi — her mother and brother Rahul’s constituencies, respectively — is slowly turning out to be quite political.
When she set out for her family pocket boroughs, she was very clear about her role although she was considered a good organiser and a level-headed leader of men, besides being a formidable strategist. She is believed to be her mother’s political advisor.
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