Gandhi sibling charms but may struggle to win votes | 2019-04-06 |

India General Polls

Gandhi sibling charms but may struggle to win votes

6 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

YODHYA: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra became the latest member of India’s storied Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to enter politics in January, but the boost she brings the opposition campaign may not turn the tide against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, polls show, reports Reuters.

After years of speculation, the charismatic Vadra joined Congress to help its leader, her brother Rahul, in general elections that begin next week, pitching the party and regional groups against Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led alliance.

Congress hopes the fourth-generation siblings of a dynasty that ruled India for decades after independence from Britain in 1947 and is still revered by many will help energize its ranks and counter Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

In the run-up to the election that starts on Thursday, the 47-year-old Vadra has spent hours campaigning in cars, trucks and even a boat, to woo voters in northern Uttar Pradesh, which sends more lawmakers to parliament than any other Indian state.