It was an opportunity that she threw herself to her opponents’ side and who grabbed it quite gleefully with both hands. Now #DamaadGate is in news all over and Priyanka …
Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra is seldom seen in the political circuits although she has been a part of important Congress meetings and deliberations. She is the ‘blue moon’ of Amethi and Raebareli, or rather the seasonal frog, who croaks unnecessarily during rains.
The last time that we had seen Mrs Vadra was during assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. She campaigned vociferously for Congress in the home seat of her brother Rahul Ganhi and mother Sonia Gandhi. The Congress party uses her as the perpetual defendant who cajoles, commands and invokes emotion among the people.
But the result was a disaster. So much for her ‘savior’ figure that the Congress family tries to portray her as during elections, the Samajwadi Party swept the Gandhi bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli in central Uttar Pradesh, winning eight of the 10 Assembly seats in the parliamentary constituencies.
The party is again pitted for the same kind of defeat. And yet again it has launched Priyanka as the front-guard who can talk to the voters as a daughter, a sister and as an Indian wife to defend the family and its sins. It may be called dumbness of the Congress party in the era of public awareness. But the worst part is that Priyanka too has started to believe in this mythical portrayal of herself.
She has been quite ‘innocently’ telling people that her husband Robert Vadra was ‘not even considered’ for any business proposal or dealings in BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi’s ‘vibrant’ Gujarat. To top it all, she has been warning all the political opponents to ‘leave her husband alone’ for he was ‘just a businessman’.
It was an opportunity that she threw herself to her opponents’ side and who grabbed it quite gleefully with both hands. Now #DamaadGate is in news all over and Priyanka is not able to defend her family anymore with a single cogent argument. Playing a martyr is not always good as she should learn from the new, and veiled, allies of Congress.
If fierceness of Manmohan Singh at a wrong time, appeal of Sonia Gandhi for ‘secular’ votes seeking help from a person of dodgy secular credentials, Rahul Gandhi’s utter non-sense jibberings at every rally has been menacing for Congress, Priyanka’s poor defence has pushed the party to the edge.
For the first time, Amethi is facing a real battle in electon where BJP’s Smriti Irani and AAP’s Kumar Vishwas are against Rahul. But Priyanka has ensured that Congress is at the point from where it will fall to oblivion. And Vadra, well, let the Modi government come to the centre.