Ms. Priyanka Vadra Gandhi is the daughter of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Indian National Congress’ president Sonia Gandhi. She is a key advisor to both Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her brother, Mr. Rahul Gandhi – the vice president of the Congress Party and the expected prime ministerial candidate.
Why has she been in the news?
In the late 1990’s she was seen as the likely heir in the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, but she largely removed herself from politics and started a family. At that time her brother, Rahul, began to emerge as the family scion. However, she has taken a very active role in this election. She recently campaigned in the constituencies from which her brother and her mother are contesting the ongoing general elections, both located in Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka Gandhi attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, describing his ideology as divisive. While campaigning in Amethi, her brother’s constituency, she criticized her cousin, Mr. Varun Gandhi, who is running for the opposition BJP in neighboring Sultanpur.
What can we expect from her?
Whether the Congress Party stays in power or not, Priyanka Gandhi will continue to play a key role in advising her mother and brother on key political decisions. It remains unclear whether she will assume a larger leadership role within the Congress Party or run for office at some point in the future, partly because her husband, Robert Vadra, has become synonymous with crony capitalism.