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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (6).jpg
Gandhi in 2019
General Secretary of Indian National Congress
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 50)
New Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)
(m. 1997)
Children2
Parent(s)Rajiv Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi
RelativesSee Nehru–Gandhi family
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (B.A, M.A)
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (née Gandhi; born 12 January 1972) 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 the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

Early life and education

Priyanka Gandhi did her schooling at Modern School (New Delhi) and at Convent of Jesus and Mary, Delhi.[1] She obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi,[2] and later a master's degree in Buddhist studies in 2010.[3]

Political career

Gandhi had regularly visited her mother's and brother's constituencies of Rae Bareilly and Amethi where she dealt with the people directly.[4] In the 2004 Indian general election, she was her mother's campaign manager and helped supervise her brother Rahul Gandhi's campaign.[5] 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.[6]

Active politics and AICC General Secretary

On January 23, 2019, Priyanka Gandhi officially entered politics, being appointed the Congress' General Secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.[7] She was appointed General Secretary incharge of entire Uttar Pradesh on 11 September 2020.[8] In October 2021, Gandhi was detained by police, who cited a ban on gatherings, while on her way to Agra to meet the family members of a man who allegedly died in police custody.[9]

2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election

Priyanka Gandhi launched Congress party's Uttar Pradesh poll campaign from Barabanki on 23 October 2021.[10][11] Congress party fought the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly election under the leadership of Gandhi, losing comprehensively.[12][13]

Personal life

Gandhi (right) and brother Rahul (left), in an election rally
Gandhi Vadra at 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.[14][15] They have two children; a son and a daughter. She follows Buddhist philosophy and practices Vipassanā as taught by S. N. Goenka.[16][17]

Priyanka Gandhi attended the marriage celebration dinner of Bollywood couple Naina Bachchan and Kunal Kapoor in New Delhi on April 11, 2015.

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References

  1. ^ "Priyanka Gandhi Biography". elections.in. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Facts about Gandhi". Zee Media. Zee News. Zee Media Corporation Company. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ Bhavna Vij-Aurora (11 February 2012). "UP polls 2012: Robert Vadra bids for a place in Gandhi family power structure". India Today. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Priyanka Vadra returns to campaign in Amethi". India Today. 16 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Priyanka may be assigned 100 constituencies". Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ Rana, Uday (4 July 2016). "Priyanka Gandhi - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  7. ^ Team, BS Web (23 January 2019). "Priyanka Gandhi appointed Congress party general secretary for UP-east". Business Standard. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Congress appoints Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh". ANI UP/Uttarakhand. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  9. ^ Shilpi Sen, Ashish Mishra (20 October 2021). "Priyanka Gandhi detained on way to meet family of Agra man who died in police custody". IndiaToday.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Uttar Pradesh: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra kicks off Congress poll campaign with seven vows". The Times Of India. 23 October 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Priyanka Gandhi launches UP poll campaign with loan waiver pledge". The Tribune India. 24 October 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Congress will contest UP election under Priyanka Gandhi's leadership: Salman Khurshid". India Today. 13 September 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Priyanka Gandhi will be face of Congress election campaign in U.P., says P.L. Punia". The Hindu. 17 October 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Who is Robert Vadra?", India Today, 10 October 2011; retrieved 15 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Priyanka Gandhi Vadra". The Outlook. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  17. ^ "10 facts to know about Priyanka Gandhi". 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 5 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.