Female politicians commenting on Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into active politics shows how significant this debut is. After all, it is not every day that a debutante politician garners so much attention from the media, politicians and public alike. While Gandhi’s party is busy hailing that along with her brother, she will bring an end to Modi’s reign, the opposition doesn’t agree. A war of words has ensued between them, and it reflects even in comments made by female leaders. Following are some of the comments made by female politicians to mark the beginning of Gandhi’s active political career.

Priyanka’s entry marks Rahul’s Defeat

BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani told Republic TV, “Congress has officially accepted that Rahul Gandhi has failed.” Her words echoed with the words of the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who said, “Priyanka is a good woman. But her appointment also shows Rahul has understood that he cannot do politics alone, so he asked his sister Priyanka to help him.”

Taking Dynasty Politics Forward

“It was an appointment based on family, which showed that dynastic politics has gone two steps forward.” – Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Gandhi’s appointment as Congress party’s general secretary in-charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh was a step that took dynastic politics forward in India. She said, “It was an appointment based on family, which showed that dynastic politics has gone two steps forward. Although there are a multitude of party workers, the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has demonstrated that the Congress party gives importance to one family,” reports NDTV.

Game Changer

National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Priyanka Chaturvedi, on the other hand called, Priyanka’s appointment a game changer. Speaking to The Print she said, “The combination of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be extremely important and helpful for the party. As the Congress president, he has assigned her a very important role in the political system. The coming together of these two very charismatic leaders will have a massive impact not only on the people of Uttar Pradesh, but on the entire country. It will drive many other women who look up to her as a woman of influence to enter the Congress party.”

“The combination of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be extremely important and helpful for the party.” – Priyanka Chaturvedi

Carrying forward Grandma’s legacy

Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande was of the opinion that she will draw voters for Congress as people will see Indira Gandhi in her. “The party will benefit from her good personality, her ways of presenting herself and her ability to strike a chord with the voters. She has the qualities of her grandmother. While going out to vote, people will see Indira Gandhi in Priyanka,” she said.

Also Read : Will Priyanka Be Able To Emerge From Indira Gandhi’s Shadow?

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