India is gearing up for the world's largest democratic event. Almost 900 million people are eligible to vote in the parliamentary elections, which are expected to last for a month in april and may.
The hindunationalistiska prime minister Narendra Modis popularity has waned in recent months. He has the support of 46 percent of the indians, according to a new survey from India Today. Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi has the support of 34 per cent, which is his best note ever.
It is in the position that partiledarens 47-year-old sister, Priyanka Gandhi enter politics seriously. The news is unexpected, although there has been speculation for several decades. Until now, Priyanka Gandhi said that she made it a priority to live a normal life, even if she was born as a public person.
lead the Congress's election campaign in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, which has more than 200 million inhabitants. Uttar Pradesh is always one of the most important battlefields in the indian parliamentary elections.
It is not yet known whether Priyanka Gandhi will stand for election to the european parliament, but she has some political experience to fall back on. Her family has been the dominant force in indian politics after independence from Britain in 1947.Jawaharlan Nehru, Sweden in 1957. Photo: Folke Hellberg/TT
Priyanka Gandhi is the great grandson of the free India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Grandmother was the powerful and charismatic Indira Gandhi. Her Italian mother Sonia Gandhi was forced unwillingly into politics when her husband Rajiv Gandhi, he also prime minister, was murdered almost 30 years ago.
think that Sonia Gandhi chose wrong when she appointed Rahul to his heir apparent to the political dynasty. Sister Priyanka is considered to be more charismatic, spontaneous and have better leadership qualities than his brother. She is like his grandmother, both in appearance and to the way. When the Congress party in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, celebrated the news of Priyanka Gandhi's entry into politics it was under the banner of ”Indira has come back”.
Indira Gandhi. Photo: Jan E Carlsson
Author and journalist Sagarika Ghose, who wrote a biography of Indira Gandhi and interviewed Priyanka several times, told The Guardian that she has the capacity to go home with the voters and especially with women.
A woman who bears the surname Gandhi is a very strong symbol and makes the myths around the Indira Gandhi lives on, " says Sagarika Ghose to The Guardian.
According to Ghose will be in the coming months a test of Priyanka Gandhi's political skills.
– so Far she has been able to dip the toe in politics, and then pulled back and gone on vacation. Now it is serious and she needs to be up to the evidence.
Priyanka Gandhi is married to businessman Robert Vadra. He has previously been accused of corruption in connection with the purchase of land rights. He has declared himself innocent, but the charges learn to be revived by political competitors.