The granddaughter of Indira Gandhi and daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, Priyanka naturally attracted a lot of media attention, particularly after her pilot father joined politics. Though she has inherited her grandmother's looks, she has yet to display the same charm and grace. After her father's assassination, she became a pillar of strength for her mother, Sonia. Amidst much speculation she married Robert Vadra, a lesser known name in business, and then began to be seen in fashion and society circles. She became the focus of society columns and photographers here who caught her dressed in the height of fashion and always close to her husband. It's her very inaccessibility that creates the mystique around her. Priyanka has a good combination of her grandmother's appeal and her mother's stoicism.Priyanka's Astro
Rae Bareli: "Mujhe aap se ek shikayat hai. Mere pita ke mantri-mandal mein rehte hue jisne gaddari ki, bhai ki peeth mein chura mara — jawab dijiye — aise aadmi ko aap ne yahan ghusne kaise diya? Unkyahan aane ki himmat kaise hui? (I have a complaint. A man who was a traitor in my father’s Cabinet, who stabbed him in the back — answer me — how did you let this man in here? How did he have the guts to come here?"
This was Ms Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli on Wednesday. In a combative mood and full of fire and rage. In her first major speech, Ms Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, left her audience stunned and her rivals shocked.
For the first time, she spoke of issues that went beyond mere development and she spoke from the heart.
"Yahan aane se pehle maine apni maa se baat ki thi. Maa ne kaha kisi ki burai mat karna. Magar main jawan hoon, dil ki baat aap se na kahun to kisse kahun? (I spoke to my mother before coming here. She told me not to speak badly of anyone. But I am an adult, and if I cannot say what is in my heart to you, then to whom else can I speak?" she explained before she launched a blistering attack on Mr Arun Nehru, her estranged uncle and the BJP candidate for Rae Bareli. Priyanka, who arrived at Bachchrawan three hours behind schedule to address her first major public meeting, got a standing ovation from people who had waited patiently since the morning to catch a glimpse of "Indira ki poti (Indira’s grand-daughter)" and "Rajiv ki beti (Rajiv’s daughter)."
"Mujhe yahan aa kar garv mehsoos ho raha hai. Yeh Indiraji ki karmbhoomi hai. Woh meri daadi hi nehin thi, sari janata ki maa bhi thi. Indiraji ke baad Rae Bareli mein koi vikas nahin hua. Kisi ne idhar mud kar nahin dekha. Aur dekhe bhi kyon? Unko (BJP) Rae Bareli se kya matlab," she reminded people and then attacked the BJP government directly. "Sarkar mein kaun hain yeh log? Inka maqsad kya hai? Kya sirf swarth aur position ke liye yeh log sarkar chala rahen hain? Uttar Pradesh aur pure desh ka vikas ruka hua hai, school band hain, sarkari karamchari aur shikshak ko vetan nahin mil rahi hai. Yeh log aapki samasya ki taraf mud kar nahin dekhte," she said. Turning towards the Congress candidate, Captain Satish Sharma, Priyanka told the people, "Yeh mere parivar ke hain. Aap jante hain ki inke aane se yahan vikas hoga." Clad in a blue checked sari, Priyanka spoke extempore in chaste Hindi, reaching down and pulling up Congressmen clamouring for space on the dais. For the people, she had a word of apology too. "Mujhe maaf kariye ki maine aap ko itna intazar karaya magar raste mein swagat aur pyar itna mila ki der ho gayi," she said with her infectious smile. Priyanka’s triade against Mr Arun Nehru has stunned Rae Bareli into silence because, till now, both Capt.
Sharma and Mr Nehru had avoided direct attacks against each other. "We never expected that she would make such a scathing attack on Mr Nehru. For the first time, Priyanka has shown that she has streaks of Mrs Indira Gandhi. It will now be difficult for Mr Nehru to control the damage that she has done to him in his constituency because polling is just three days away," said a local Congress leader.
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