Priyanka ‘magic’ draws thousands at debut roadshow in Lucknow Feb 12, 2019 0 343 12345 AgenciesLucknowIndia’s powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday unleashed its newest star with thousands turning out to see Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who staged her first roadshow as a full-fledged party leader as the country gears up for a general election.Crowds showered rose petals on the great-granddaughter of India’s founding leader Jawaharlal Nehru as she took an open bus tour through Lucknow, capital of the key northern state of Uttar Pradesh.The opposition Congress party is counting on the 47-year-old daughter of assassinated premier Rajiv Gandhi to boost its campaign against nationalist Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is expected to call an election in April.Indian National Congress party, last month appointed her to the post of general secretary. She has been put in charge of the party in Uttar Pradesh state, which sends a large number of lawmakers to parliament and often plays a crucial role in deciding who forms the government.Priyanka and Rahul, accompanied by party leaders, rode in an open truck which wound its way through the streets of state capital Lucknow, waving at thousands of supporters who chanted slogans welcoming her into politics.Ahead of her debut, priyanka said she hoped to usher in “new politics” in Uttar Pradesh, which Premier Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won in 2014 national elections and again in state pollsin 2017. Congress workers believe the induction of priyanka, who resembles the charismatic Indira Gandhi, will boost the party’s chances in the national elections.The ruling BJP has often criticized the Congress party for what they term “dynastic politics.” She has taken up the position 14 months after her brother became party president. RELATED ARTICLES Bangladesh stops trafficking of more Rohingyas to Malaysia Feb 12, 2019 0 347 Philippine measles death toll hits 70 Feb 12, 2019 0 1285 Pakistan, International Monetary Fund inching closer to deal Feb 12, 2019 0 1082 Acting Pentagon chief visits Kabul, denies troops cut dpa Kabul The acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan arrived in the Afghan capital for an unannounced visit on Monday, meeting with top officials from NATO and the government. Shanahan held discussions in Kabul .. Rahul shuts door on BSP-SP alliance, says Cong will contest polls with full might Lucknow: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday virtually shut the doors on the BSP and Samajwadi Party and said that while he respected their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, there should be no doubt that his .. Trinamool links BJP with killing of its party MLA IANS Kolkata Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday blamed the BJP for party MLA Satyajit Biswas’ murder and claimed those who are seeking protection from central leaders in Delhi will be brought back and put .. Chinese woman in trouble after throwing drink at Philippine cop Manila: A Philippine police officer on Monday filed criminal complaints against a Chinese woman who threw a soft tofu drink at him during an argument at an overhead train station in the capital. Police officer William .. EU threatens to end Cambodia’s trade perks on rights record Brussels: The European Union launched proceedings Monday against Cambodia that could see the south-east Asian country lose its preferential trade access to the bloc if it does not improve its record on human rights, .. Toppled Malaysian leader Najib’s 1MDB trial delayed AFP Kuala Lumpur Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government’s downfall was postponed Monday, in a blow to slow-moving efforts to bring the .. No one in India can repay cow’s debt, says PM Modi Vrindavan: PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that no one in the country can repay the debt of the cow’s milk, saying the bovine has been an important part of India’s tradition and culture. At a public gathering here, the Prime ..