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Many view Priyanka's entry as boost for Congress party

She is seen as capable of taking on Modi but may not have enough time to prepare for election battle

A member of the powerful Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, Mrs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has formally entered politics, a surprise move that analysts say will give a big boost to the opposition Congress party.

The 47-year-old mother of two had, for the most part, stayed out of public view and surfaced mostly during election time to help campaign in the family boroughs in the central state of Uttar Pradesh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2019, with the headline 'Many view Priyanka's entry as boost for Congress party'. Print Edition | Subscribe