Just before her first visit to the state after being given the charge of east Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made her debut on Twitter on January 11. Political pundits are seeing Priyanka’s inclusion into the Congress as the game changer for the crucial electoral state of Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming General Elections 2019. Surprisingly, soon after joining Twitter, Priyanka has already amassed over 8,147 followers.
After joining politics, Priyanka is in Lucknow for a four-day visit, to take stock of party preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. At the same time she has also kicked off a mega road show in the state capital, along with her brother Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
During the massive road show, she was welcomed by party workers and general public alike with drum beats and loud cheers. The UP Congress is seeing Priyanka’s visit as the virtual launch of the Congress campaign in the state.
RT INCMP “RT INCIndia: Congress President RahulGandhi GS Incharges UP East & West priyankagandhi & JM_Scindia greet the thousands of well wishers gathered along the path of their roadshow in Lucknow. #NayiUmeedNayaDesh pic.twitter.com/ZsESIKshMJ“
— Manish Sonone (@ManishSonone7) February 11, 2019
As expected Congress supporters started a poster war with the opponents and going overboard in their portrayal of expressions.While in some posters she was depicted as Goddess Durga, in others she was compared to her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Soon after her Twitter debut, many took to social media to congratulate her:
प्रियंका गांधी जी का ट्विटर की दुनिया में हार्दिक स्वागत है.
आप सब @priyankagandhi ट्विटर हैण्डल के माध्यम से प्रियंका जी के साथ सीधे जुड़ सकते हैं.
— Jagdishchandra Modi (@jmodi442) February 11, 2019
All the Best Madam #Priyanka ji’.
— Ramesh Anavekar (@ramanavekar) February 11, 2019
हम UP वासी @priyankagandhi के कांग्रेस महासचिव बनने के उपरान्त प्रथम आगमन पर हार्दिक स्वागत करते हैं। कांग्रेसजनों के अन्दर उत्साह है,, आपके अन्दर मुझे इन्दिरा जी की शैली और राजीव जी की शालीनता दिखती है,, @RahulGandhi जी आपका धन्यवाद हमारे उत्तर प्रदेश की पहचान वापसी के लिए।
— Rakesh Sharma (@sharma_OFC) February 11, 2019
कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता की नयी उम्मीद नयी किरण दिल से स्वागत है आपका💕💕 @priyankagandhi
— Reena bairwa Mimrot (@MimrotReena) February 11, 2019
Welcome Priyanka all the best may u lead the congress to it’s former glory & make it the power it was under your grandmother Late Indira Gandhi.
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— Noel F Smith (@NoelFSmith1) February 11, 2019
Heartiest grand welcome by grand road show in Lucknow Priyanka Ji. Our wishes are with you to root out these communal forces not only from U.P. but from whole India in order to bring peace, harmony & development in nation. We all are fade up from these fake Hindus contractors.
— Ranveer Das (@RanveerDas10) February 11, 2019
— SURENDRA (@surendrrra) February 11, 2019
However, there were also some who called it a mere waste of efforts by Congress. See these reactions:
With 0 tweets 65k followers
What a loyalty to dynasty !!
— Renuka 🇮🇳 (@Babble524) February 11, 2019
She joined the politics to protect her husband and her family. Not to serve people Hope people realize it.
— Vgreddy (@Vgreddy8) February 11, 2019
Wow. That’s great, one more fellow added in tweeter for making our day with full of fun & jokes, as like Rahul, tejasvi,tejpratap yadhav,Sanjay haha, digi sir..
Thanks guys u all making our day with full of entertainment ..
— sachin desai (@sachindes) February 11, 2019
No, we are already fed up of the mess made by INC in India. No way I am going to follow another debutant from the family of chor and corrupts.
— Manjeet Singh (@Rickshaw_wala) February 11, 2019
Dekhi bhai Congress ke samay Progress sirf Scams or Frauds mein hi hoti hai 😀2G, CWG, Coalgate, Choppergate etc etc bhool Gaya Kya ?? 😀😀😀
— Sandeep Mishra 4 Bjp (@Sm4bjp) February 11, 2019
चोर को Follow !!!
— abc (@AirZoom_web) February 11, 2019
Thanks bt no thanks! I WILL NOT FOLLOW HER id bcoz 1️⃣ She doesn’t use her original surname, which is—GHANDY 2️⃣ She ostensibly gets special privileges on this social media platform. Will @TwitterIndia elucidate how this dynast managed a tick to her acct?
— Levina🇮🇳 (@LevinaNeythiri) February 11, 2019
Hitting out at the road Priyanka Gandhi’s road show, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said: “UP is a cremation ground for Congress. They will get nothing here.” He also added that this congragration of Congress leaders in the state capital is nothing but a gathering ahead of a “funeral”.
While Priyanka Gandhi undertakes a mega road show in Lucknow, her husband and businessman Robert Vadra arrives in Jaipur for fresh rounds of interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).