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After years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has finally taken the plunge into politics, just months ahead of the national election due by May. Often dubbed the “Brahmaastra” or the mythical ultimate weapon of the Congress, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will debut as the party’s general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh from February 1.
“We are fired up and ready to go,” the Congress gushed in a tweet, one of the countless put out by the party’s various units.
47-year-old Priyanka Vadra Gandhi, who reminds many of her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi both for her charisma and the stunning likeness, has confined herself to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi – Amethi and Raebareli – till now. In national and state elections since 2004, the mother of two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Sources say her appointment to a…