Robert Vadra has congratulated his wife Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra's formal induction into the Congress party as General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. Taking to his personal Facebook page, Congress president Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law has written:
Congratulations P... always by your side in every phase of your life.
Give it your best. 😊👍
Minutes earlier, the Congress party had also tweeted its happiness at Priyanka Gandhi's formal appointment. The party's official Twitter handle had posted the appointment letter, wherein Rahul Gandhi had also signed off on the appointments of KC Venugopal and Jyotiraditya Scindia as General Secretaries. The Congress extolled that it was "Fired up and ready to go!"
The entry of Priyanka Gandhi into the Congress has been much heralded, especially whenever elections concerning Uttar Pradesh are around the corner. Ahead of the 2017 U.P Assembly elections, Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra had addressed public meetings, though nowhere near in the same quantities as Rahul Gandhi. Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on an edition of Nation Wants To Know, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who had strategised the Congress (later Congress-SP) campaign in Uttar Pradesh, had revealed that he had pushed for Priyanka Gandhi being heavily involved in the election campaign, though his suggestions were not approved at the highest echelons of the party's leadership.
In terms of the upcoming 2019 elections, Priyanka Gandhi's formal political bow comes weeks after the Samajwadi Party and the BSP formalised their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, excluding the Congress party, following which the Congress announced that it would contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in India's most populous state. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had stormed to victory in a monumental 71 seats, which went a long way towards the party getting a majority in the lower house. The Congress only managed to win in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the bastions of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi respectively. The SP only won five seats, while the BSP didn't manage to win any.