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The name's Priyanka Vadra, not Gandhi

April 24, 2007 15:15 IST

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As Congress rivals attack her family for perpetrating dynastic politics, Priyanka Gandhi is ready to let go of her famous maiden name.

"Introduce me as Priyanka Vadra and not Priyanka Gandhi," she said in an interaction with the media persons during a roadshow in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka, daughter of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is married to Robert Vadra, a businessman hailing from Moradabad.

She has been repeatedly appealing to people to vote for the Congress for the 'future of the children' and for 'freedom from the politics of caste and hatred.'

"I used to visit this place as a child. Interestingly, today I have come here with my children. My long association with this place makes me proud," she said, addressing a crowd in Dih village.

The image managers of both Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi are using this election campaign to present them as mature leaders, able enough to take up important responsibilities.

"These assembly elections mark the evolution of this generation of Gandhi family and much more is to come," said a Congress source.

However, Priyanka has been strongly maintaining that she was here 'as a representative of Rahul Gandhi.'

Her assertion that she should be called by her maiden name had the crowd present, especially the womenfolk, pleased and full of appreciation for her.

"A good leader has to be a good wife too, she has all the qualities of a leader," said Hukum Bi, a Congress supporter.

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