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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (3).jpg
General Secretary of
AICC for Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
11 September 2020
PresidentSonia Gandhi (interim)
Preceded byPosition Created
General Secretary of
AICC for Eastern Uttar Pradesh
In office
4 February 2019 – 11 September 2020
PresidentSonia Gandhi (interim)
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1972-01-12) 12 January 1972 (age 49)
New Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
(m. 1997)
ParentsRajiv Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi
RelativesSee Nehru–Gandhi family
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (B.A, M.A)

Priyanka Gandhi (born 12 January 1972), also known by her married name Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is an Indian politician and the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Uttar Pradesh. She is the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, sister of Rahul Gandhi, and granddaughter of Feroze and Indira Gandhi, making her a member of the politically prominent Nehru-Gandhi family. She is also a trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

Early life and education

Priyanka Gandhi studied at the Modern School and Convent School. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi,[1] and later a master's degree in Buddhist studies in 2010.[2]


Gandhi had regularly visited her mother's and brother's constituencies of Rae Bareilly and Amethi where she dealt with the people directly.[3]

"... I am very clear in my mind. Politics is not a strong pull, the people are. And I can do things for them without being in politics"

—Gandhi speaking about her joining politics in an interview with[4]

She is a popular figure in the constituency, drawing large crowds everywhere; a popular slogan in Amethi in every election has been Amethi ka danka, bitiya Priyanka (the clarion call from Amethi is for Priyanka [to stand elections]).[5]

In the 2004 Indian general election, she was her mother's campaign manager and helped supervise her brother Rahul Gandhi's campaign.[6] In the 2007 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, while Rahul Gandhi managed the statewide campaign, she focused on the ten seats in the Amethi Rae Bareilly region, spending two weeks there trying to quell considerable infighting within the party workers over seat allocations.[7]

On January 23, 2019, Priyanka Gandhi formally entered politics, being appointed the Congress' General Secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.[8] She has to still prove herself in the political battleground of Uttar Pradesh which remains a strong hold for Bhartiya Janta Party.[9] Her contributions so far doesn't seem to have had any effect in its electoral fortunes and moreover she has stayed away from party headquarters and party workers for months.[10]

Personal life

Rahul Gandhi (left), Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (right), in an election rally
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in an election rally

She is married to Robert Vadra, a businessman from Delhi. The wedding took place at the Gandhi home, 10 Janpath, on 18 February 1997 in a traditional Hindu ceremony.[11][12] They have two children; a son Raihan and a daughter Miraya. She follows Buddhist philosophy and practices Vipassanā as taught by S. N. Goenka.[13][14]

See also


  1. ^ "Facts about Gandhi". Zee Media. Zee News. Zee Media Corporation Company. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ February 11, Bhavna Vij-Aurora New Delhi; February 20, 2012 ISSUE DATE; February 20, 2012UPDATED; Ist, 2012 13:02. "UP polls 2012: Robert Vadra bids for a place in Gandhi family power structure". India Today. Retrieved 1 February 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Priyanka Vadra returns to campaign in Amethi". India Today. 16 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The Rediff Election Interview- Priyanka Vadra". Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Ground report: Amethi, Rae Bareli seeing a new Priyanka". Firstpost. Network 18. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Priyanka may be assigned 100 constituencies". Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ Rana, Uday (4 July 2016). "Priyanka Gandhi - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  8. ^ Team, BS Web (23 January 2019). "Priyanka Gandhi appointed Congress party general secretary for UP-east". Business Standard. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  9. ^ "By-poll result LIVE: BJP retains six seats, SP bags one in Uttar Pradesh". Business Standard. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  10. ^ Srivastava, Prashant (13 November 2020). "Another debacle for UP Congress, but Priyanka Gandhi hasn't visited Lucknow HQ in 11 months". The Print. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Who is Robert Vadra?", India Today, 10 October 2011; retrieved 15 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Priyanka Gandhi Vadra". The Outlook. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  14. ^ "10 facts to know about Priyanka Gandhi". 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 5 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.