“It is a good thing if Priyanaka Gandhi’s participation has led to more women showing keen interest in political works. No doubt, there is a need for more women in Indian politics. But Priyanka’s real test will be her ability to get voters in the Lok Sabha polls,” said activist and former Bihar minister Parveen Amanullah.
Congress’s data analytics department head Praveen Chakravarthy has developed the Shakti network, giving millions of faceless supporters of the grand old party a voice in the party’s decision-making. Most of the party decisions are now taken only after snap polls are conducted on the Shakti app.
It was a short and simple message. It just said that ‘I am Priyanka Gandhi and I seek your participation in a new kind of politics. The politics which we envisage will hear voices of all people especially the poor, the downtrodden and women.’ We immediately circulated it to all through Shakti,” he said.
Congress General Secretary and Uttar Pradesh – East incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with villagers on her three-day UP campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Ayodhya, Friday, March 29, 2019. (PTI file photo)
In just two months, an internal network of Congress workers has posted more than 20% increase in its membership, a fact party leaders attribute to just one factor: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s formal entry into active politics on January 23, when she was anointed the party’s general secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh incharge.
Her appointment, announced by her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, sent a clear signal of the Congress’s intent to revive the party in the state, where the party has been in the political wilderness for three decades.