14 June, 2021

Calling The Daughter

Party-wallahs in Rae Bareli have already voted

Calling The Daughter

The thing about the Gandhi dynasty is that people always seem to believe that some member of it or the other is arriving, messiah-like. While the nation waits for the coming of age of Rahul Gandhi with Rae Bareli, in the constituency itself, it’s Priyanka they wait for. “She is young, she is already looking into issues related to our constituency, and she knows all our leaders, workers and people here. She is a daughter of the district. And more than all this, she doesn’t have any responsibility in the party at the national level. So why not Priyanka then?” a local Congress leader from Rae Bareli, now represented by Sonia Gandhi in Parliament, asks.

Workers and functionaries in the local Congress unit believe that in the next election, Priyanka—not Sonia—will be the MP from Rae Bareli, once represented by Feroze Gandhi, then Indira Gandhi. In the 2012 assembly polls, the Congress lost all five seats making up the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency. Four went to the Samajwadi Party.

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