Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thrills UP Congress, They Say "We See Indira Gandhi In You"

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thrills UP Congress, They Say "We See Indira Gandhi In You"

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thrills UP Congress, They Say "We See Indira Gandhi In You" 

New Delhi: The Congress President Rahul Gandhi's sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra waved, grinned, flashed a thumbs-up sign and pointed Hillary Clinton-style as she launched her road show in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow, a longtime BJP stronghold.

The streets were packed with people, as hundreds of Congress workers ran alongside as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and several others stood on the roof of a modified truck, waving.

Many tried to garner Priyanka's attention, by showering petals, throwing garlands and even party t-shirts at her. She scooped them up and threw them back to the crowds.

The truck which was boarded by the Congress President, his sister and other Congress leaders, inched its way through streets splashed with posters of Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Many posters and billboards featured, Priyanka Gandhi and her grandmother Indira Gandhi, underscoring -- for those who may have missed it -- her striking resemblance to the former prime minister. A poster said, "We see Indira Gandhi in her," on the 47-year-old mother of two.

As the bridge passed under a bridge, a motley group of supporters competed for the Gandhi sibling's attention. While a group had donned neon lungis and painted chests; some workers were dressed in pink and called themselves "Priyanka Sena". The Gandhi sibling looked up at the spectacle and waved at them all.

Today Congress has created an aandhi (storm)," a worker gushed.

Many have anticipated the entry of Priyanka Gandhi as a positive step for the Congress Party, who has pinned its hopes on Priyanka's much talked about mass connect and natural charisma to revive its lost base in Uttar Pradesh, a state that gave it many prime ministers but which turned away from the party over three decades ago, alongside the rise of regional powers like Samajwadi party and Bahujan Samaj Party and the surge of the BJP.

Priyanka Gandhi had shunned a bigger role outside the family strongholds of Amethi and Raebareli  for year and limiting her campaign to a tiny part of India's most politically vital state with the most number of parliamentary seats.

After her brother and Congress Party President announced her debut two weeks ago, the sources said she had decided to take the plunge since her son Rehaan and daughter Miraya are now older.

The crictics, including the Bhartiya Janata Party dismissed the younger Gandhi sibling as a seasonal campaigner whose ability to win votes for the party is largely untested.