Reactions ‘pouring in’ with formal entry of Priyanka Gandhi into politics; a look at ‘who says what’

With the formal entry of Priyanka Gandhi into Politics, Congress has intensified its Mission Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls 2019. After the announcement, the Congress workers were seen celebrating in Raebareli. As per the news agency ANI, the Congress supporters were heard shouting slogans like “Priyanka Gandhi aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai”. Congress appoints Priyanka Gandhi as general secretary of UP East, joins active politics ahead of LS Polls

The Surprising move drew reactions from every corner and is seen as a most awaited entry into the Politics. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “UP is central to building a new hope-filled & compassionate India. The new UP AICC team lead by Priyanka & Jyotiraditya, will herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state. We will offer the youth in UP a dynamic new platform to transform the state.

JDU Vice President and Famous Pollster Prashant Kishore while welcoming Priyanka Gandhi into politics said, “One of the most awaited entries in Indian politics is finally here! While people may debate the timing, exact role and position, to me, the real news is that she finally decided to take the plunge! Congratulations and best wishes to Priyanka Gandhi” in a tweet. Congress to go on their own in Andhra Pradesh; not to ally with TDP for both State and Lok Sabha Polls

Shiv Sena Spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said Gandhi’s entry will benefit Congress. “It’s a good decision by Rahul Gandhi, people of India always had a relationship with Gandhi family. Indira Gandhi’s legacy will always remain in this country, Congress will benefit from this” he said reportedly.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as quoted by ANI said, “She (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) is a good woman, & Rahul Ji has accepted he can’t do politics all alone, and for that he is taking Priyanka’s help. It is a good thing”

Terming Congress as a no threat, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said We don’t consider Congress a challenge in Uttar Pradesh. This(Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made General Secretary of East UP) is an internal matter of Congress.

While blessing good luck to Priyanka Gandhi for her entry into the Politics, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed Congress for Family rule and said, as quoted by ANI, “Priyanka Ji has become General Secy, my good-luck to her. Since party is a family concern, these kinds of postings are nothing unusual, except to say with a caveat, why she has been given limited role of only Eastern UP? Perhaps her persona merited a wider role for her”

Terming Gandhi’s entry into Politics as a failure of Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Harsimrat as quoted by ANI, said, “It’s a stamp by Congress & Rahul Gandhi on his utter failure,the fact that no ‘gathbandhan’ is wanting to shake hands with Congress in any state,they were becoming irrelevant,they had to play this Eastern UP card,to insure Rahul & Sonia Ji’s seats”

Renuka Chaudhary describes it as a brilliant step, “It is a brilliant step by Rahul Ji, the BJP is rattled, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, this decision is something that has been speculated forever, and I think we should all wait for more surprises just before the elections.”

BJP‘s Spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of promoting Dynasty Politics. Patra, as quoted by ANI, said, “Expected, to promote dynasty is what Congress is all about. They consider family as the party while BJP considers party as the family. Congress has accepted that Rahul Gandhi Ji has failed”.

Rajeev Shukla dubbed the move as help in reviving the party, Shukla said,  This will help in revival of Congress not only in Uttar Pradesh but the entire country. She will take charge after Feb 1 once she returns from abroad.

Robert Vadra in a Facebook post congratulates wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on being appointed as Congress General Secretary for Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Apart from appointing Priyanka Gandhi as the general secretary of UP East, KC Venugopal will take over the reins of the party’s general secretary (organisation) from Ashok Gehlot. Congress has also given responsibility to Jyotiraditya Scindia as the general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (West), while Ghulam Nabi Azad has been given the responsibility in Haryana.

She is expected to take charge from the first week of the month.

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