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Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday (Jan 24) said Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into active politics ahead of general elections shows that Rahul Gandhi is incapable of handling it alone and needs help from his sister.

“Priyanka is a good woman. But her appointment also shows Rahul has understood that he cannot do politics alone, so he asked his sister Priyanka to help him,” Mahajan told reporters in Indore.

“I don’t want to get into the family politics of the Congress, it’s their own matter. But I would definitely say that a person, who has leadership capabilities, should be given an opportunity to come forward,” she added.

Priyanka Gandhi officially announced her entering into active politics on Wednesday with the grand old party appointing her General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh (East).

Mahajan congratulated Priyanka for this and she also gave good wishes to Jyotraditya Scindia on his appointment as the party’s General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh (West).

Madhya Pradesh’s Scindia is the Lok Sabha MP from Guna constituency in the state.

“Scindia has been given an important responsibility. I congratulate him because it is a matter of pride for Madhya Pradesh,” the Lok Sabha speaker said.

Meanwhile, many BJP leaders are criticizing congress for the decision and target the party for announcing Priyanka Gandhi entering into active politics ahead of polls.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Congress president has opted for a “family alliance” after facing “rejection” from various parties of the proposed grand alliance.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister on Thursday hit out at Priyanka Gandhi stating the congress party is feeling excited over “over the induction of a woman with a tainted life partner”.

Reacting sharply to LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s remark, AICC spokesman Manish Tewari said, “We would humbly request the Speaker to kindly focus on BJP’s internal issues. So far as Congress is concerned, we are doing well without her advice and will continue to do so.” Tewari said Mahajan’s reaction showed that Priyanka’s entry into politics has clearly left the ruling BJP rattled.

Slamming the Lok Sabha speaker for her derogatory comments, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, in a tweet asked Mahajan to “save the cheap shots when you no longer occupy office.” “Ma’am you are the speaker of the Lok Sabha. Can you save the cheap shots for when you no longer occupy offce?” he wrote.

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