Priyanka Gandhi changes her DP on Twitter, sparks a discussion

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New Delhi | Updated: March 15, 2019 7:23:44 AM

Some comments suggest that how Priyanka Gandhi wears sarees only when she is in a rally and dresses in jeans and shirts when she is not.

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In February, Congress party’s newly appointed General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra finally joined microblogging site Twitter. Priyanka was appointed as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East on January 23, just months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections began. It took a while for her first tweet to come, but the flutter it created among her admirers when she finally posted a tweet was an indication of how effective this leader can be on the social media platform in today’s time and age.

Not surprisingly then, her appearance in Gujarat where she delivered her first speech since her appointment did not go unnoticed. Priyanka began her speech with “Behene or bhaiyo” (sisters and brothers) instead of the usual practice of the other way around.

On Wednesday, she also changed her display picture on Twitter. Earlier, she had donned a maroon saree. Now, she is seen wearing a navy blue jeans, boots and a matching shirt.

Over the last few months, some pointed out that the 47-year-old doesn’t have credentials to serve as a politician. As is often the case with women politicians, conversations soon started about her attire rather than what she is and what is not contributing as a person.

Some comments suggest that how Priyanka Gandhi wears sarees only when she is in a rally and dresses in jeans and shirts when she is not.

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Bharatiya Janata Party leader Harish Dwivedi had said on February 9 shortly after her appointment in the Congress, “Everyone knows Priyanka Gandhi wears jeans when she is in Delhi but wears saris when she visits Congress bastions.”

Prior to that, BJP minister from Bihar Vinod Narayan Jha on January 25 had said that Priyanka Gandhi was “very beautiful, but other than that she holds no political achievement”. This had resulted in a reprimand from the National Commission for Women.

Seeing how this is in contrast to her earlier DP on Twitter and her subtle change in her recent speech, one cannot ignore that she has made a point.

And it is not just Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Even the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj dealt with it during her visit to Iran in 2016.

Prior to Rajasthan assembly elections in December, Sharad Yadav of LJD had said that Vasundhara Raje needs a break because she’s ‘tired’.

In January 2017, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav had made a similar remark on BSP supremo Mayawati, saying, “How could we have given her (Mayawati) space (in the alliance)? She takes up so much space. Even her party symbol is an elephant”.

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