HUBBALLI THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION THE JOURNEY SO FAR SCHOOLING Born on January 12, 1972, Priyanka did her schooling in Delhi’s Modern School and Convent of Jesus and Mary. Graduated in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College A BUDDHIST Is a practitioner of Vipassana meditation, which is a Buddhist technique pioneered by S N Goenka. Said to have converted to Buddhism. Had chosen Buddhist Studies for her masters WEDDING: Married Robert Vadra on February 18, 1997. They have two children son Raihan and daughter Miraya MEETING NALINI: In 2008, met Nalini Sriharan, serving time in Vellore jail for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination; said she does not believe in anger, hatred, violence THREE MATCHES, THREE FIFTIES ■ ■ Debate around whether Dhoni deserves has been put to rest, at least for the time being. With two match-winning knocks at the death, the 37-year-old showed there is still life left in him Five-match ODI series in New Zealand from Wednesday will give more clues as to whether his slot in the team is rubber-stamped FIRST LOOK Started dabbling in politics in 1999 when mother Sonia Gandhi fought Lok Sabha elections from Amethi. Has nursed family pocket boroughs of Amethi and Rae Bareli ever since CONGRESS SHOWS PRIYANKA’S HAND SWOT ANALYSIS Here’s a quick look at what Priyanka brings to the Congress leadership table STRENGTHS Popular among workers and voters alike. Has striking resemblance to grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi. A backroom strategist so far, she connect with voters quickly. Better communicator than brother Rahul Gandhi WEAKNESSES Has never held any party position or been in active politics. Being a dynast could be a limiting factor OPPORTUNITIES Has a chance to prove her mettle as strategist and become a frontline politician. Party in comatose state in UP, any revival will be attributed to her. Regional allies see Cong as a pushover; her presence could help restore some respectability to the leadership THREATS Husband Robert Vadra, the alleged land scams his is involved in and his links with shady characters. It perhaps delayed her political entry Surprise appointment as general secretary for eastern UP, the forts of Modi and Yogi, indicates party readying for the big fight have spent years wishing for her arrival on the stage during the long dry spell the Congress Priyanka Gandhi. The news tickers finally has had, thinking of mother Sonia Gandhi as flashed the name with a piece of news that has a mere regent, and Rahul as somewhat a dud. been long heralded, awaited, beseeched for, Those days are gone. Sonia proved herself to speculated upon, debated, decried, and denied be quite capable in steering the UPA for a decmultiple times. And the curtains have risen on ade. And now, the battle-hardened Rahul too a political event — and perhaps a political ca- has come into his own. reer — that has potential to be transformative The second is the peculiar flux pre-electoral and, equally just a piece of theatre. , UP politics is in. With the Mayawati-Akhilesh With just three months left mahagathbandhan keeping for a momentous general electhe Congress out, will a strongtion, it was with the flourish er Congress actually turn it DUAL POWER of finally deploying his brahinto a three-cornered contest, CENTRE, AGAIN? mastra that Congress presithereby benefiting the BJP? There could be speculation dent Rahul Gandhi on WednesThat may depend on which on Priyanka’s entry possibly day chose his sister Priyanka precise seats the SP and BSP leading to a situation of a as the party’s general secrefight, though it’s not without dual power centre in Cong tary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, significance that eastern UP is marking her entry into formal a BSP stronghold. At another politics. He also inducted Jylevel, this may also be a gambit otiraditya Scindia as general secretary, west- to force the SP-BSP axis into a tacit underern UP putting some big firepower into a state standing with the Congress, threatening an , where the party had long attrited. erosion of votes if that is not forthcoming. Whether Priyanka’s arrival will galvanise And why did Priyanka agree? Perhaps bethe voters to the same extent as party cadre, cause this is the most important political batthe timing, the circumstances and the event tle for her brother, and she wants him to be in itself are very interesting and hold signifi- the frontline for the PM’s chair, not just be an cance in many ways. adjunct to an unstable opposition coalition. To begin with, Priyanka has the curious staThe Congress is already threatening to wean tus of being both Rahul’s closest ally and also, away upper-caste votes from the BJP and Pri, in popular perception, his antithesis. Charis- yanka’s arrival can do that project no harm. matic, relatively more eloquent and less inhib- The constituencies of both PM Narendra Modi ited than her brother, she has often been seen and UP CM Yogi Adityanath fall in the east. as the real heir to the Indira legacy And she And, she perhaps has no real access to the com. was the original choice of party cadres, who plex caste matrix of UP . S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA @ New Delhi Goyal named interim FM ahead of budget E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH just nine days to go for the interim Budget, and Arun Jaitley’s health condition remaining critical, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given additional charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries. “The President of India, Boy slashes friend for not giving him exam script to copy as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of the indisposition of Arun Jaitley the portfolios of Minister of , Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs will be temporarily held by Piyush Goyal in addition to his existing portfolios”, an official statement said. Further, Jaitley has been designated as a minister with- out a portfolio during the period of his indisposition, or until he is able to resume his work. This will be Goyal’s second stint in both the ministries. He earlier headed the portfolios when Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant in May last year. Earlier this month, Jaitley left to the US for treatment. The BJP-led NDA government will present its last Budget on February 1. Minister stirs row after ‘abusing’ Tumakuru SP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru A 16-year-old SSLC student slashed his classmate with a pencil sharpening knife in the exam hall during the preparatory exams after the latter refused to give his answer sheet for copying. The alleged incident took place at a private school in Kamakshipalya police limits on Monday . Police said preparatory exams were being conducted in the school for SSLC students from January 14. On Monday the Social Studies exam , was being held from 9 am to noon. The invigilator was given the task of monitoring 2-3 halls. When the invigilator went to the other hall around 11 am, the accused boy, who was sitting a few benches behind his classmate, rushed to him and asked for his answer sheet to copy But the latter told him that he . was not done yet and he would need some more time. Several minutes later, when he didn’t get the paper, the boy slashed P6 his classmate. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru/Tumakuru TOURISM Minister Sa Ra Mahesh waded into a major controversy after he allegedly verbally abused a woman IPS officer on duty A video . of Mahesh’s spat with Divya Gopinath, the Superintendent of Police of Tumakuru, became public on Wednesday where he is seen reprimanding the officer for merely discharging her duty . Divya Gopinath is seen breaking into tears after the altercation with the minister. Mahesh took offence to her stopping him from entering the premises where the ‘kriya samadhi’ of Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara Swamiji was under way on Tuesday evening. On Thursday Chief Minister H D , Kumaraswamy’s defence of Mahesh came as a bigger shocker. Speaking to media persons over the alleged issue, the CM gave a clean chit to his cabinet and party colleague insisting that he was not at fault even as he acknowledged that the minister did reprimand the officer. Mahesh had courted controversy previously after an altercation with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during flood relief works in Kodagu. Central Range IGP B Dayananda had prepared a list of people to be allowed inside the building due to space constraints. After the CM entered the premises, his cabinet ministers Venkatarao Nadagouda and Mahesh tried to follow him when they were stopped by Divya Gopinath. Annoyed over being stopped, the K R Nagar JD(S) MLA allegedly P5 badmouthed the officer. They disrespected the minister. Any disrespect to him is disrespect to me —H D Kumaraswamy, CM FOR A CAUSE Residents join hands to restore Nidasheshi lake S H R E E PA D AYA C H I T @ Koppal RESIDENTS of 20 villages in Kushtagi taluk of Koppal district have come together to rejuvenate a 300acre lake on their own. Drawing inspiration from a lake rejuvenation project implemented by actor Yash’s Yashomarga Foundation a couple of years ago, these residents have decided to rejuvenate the WHAT IT MEANS TO U.P. lake located at Nidasheshi village by mobilising funds on their own. Yashomarga Foundation had rejuvenated a lake at Talloor village in Yelburga taluk of the district. The Nidasheshi lake with a catchment area of 7,000 acres is the only source of water for these 20 villages, including Kalakabandi, Yelaburti, Hire Aralihalli and Shakapur, in the rain-dependent Kushtagi taluk. “With the farming community facing consecutive droughts, the villagers have vowed to make all-out efforts to desilt and rejuvenate the lake,” said Devendrappa Balootagi, a progressive farmer. The farmers are not alone. Several local organisations have also joined them in this venture. “The entire restoration project could cost about `2 crore,” he P4 said. Democratic culture and values run in BJP’s blood, unlike many cases where family is the party Narendra Modi, PM Congress that lacked a charismatic leader, now gets a crowd puller. It comes with risks though, as she is the last card the party can play. It has none other as potent as this Congress workers in UP celebrated all day beating drums, bursting crackers and distributing sweets. Banners and posters eulogising Rahul and Priyanka came out in no time If Priyanka’s entry brings back a section of Muslim votes to the grand old party, it could hurt the SP-BSP axis W H AT T H E Y S A I D Mehbooba Mufti leader, PDP It is up to Priyanka if she wants to (contest Lok Sabha polls). My main point is, we won’t play on the back foot Rahul Gandhi, Congress president She brings with her the grace of Gandhi Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm. Could she become the Xfactor of 2019 poll battle? Manisha Kayande Spokesperson, Shiv Sena Congress will benefit from her good personality, her ways of presenting herself and her ability to strike a chord with the voters Praful Patel leader, NCP With her dynamism and ideals, she will surely play an active and pivotal role in the future endeavors of @INCIndia and also in Indian politics K’TAKA THEATRE BOOSTER DOSE, FEEL STATE CONG LEADERS Bengaluru: Senior Congress leaders in Karnataka feel that the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as general secretary of Uttar Pradesh-East will boost the party’s prospects not only in that state but also in other parts of the country. Rajya Sabha member B K Hariprasad said the move will help rejuvenate the party. KPCC working president Eshwar Khandre too felt she will strengthen the party that has been rejuvenated by the victories in three states. PARTY LOOKS FOR A FACE-SAVER Bengaluru: The state Congress, which is battling embarrassment over the brawl in which MLA Anand Singh was injured, has claimed that due process is being followed in the case. Home Minister M B Patil on Wednesday said no arrest being made so far did not necessarily mean that the investigation wasn’t progressing. Meanwhile, Ballari SP Arun Rangarajan said MLA J N Ganesh, who assaulted Singh and is since missing, had been a history-sheeter.
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