Priyanka Gandhi officially entered Indian politics on Wednesday ahead of a looming national election, joining the opposition campaign in a crucial state where the party her family founded hopes to unseat prime minister Narendra Modi.
Ms Gandhi – whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather were all prime ministers – was appointed Congress party chief in the east of Uttar Pradesh, considered India’s most politically important state.
She will report to her brother Rahul Gandhi, a fellow scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, who heads the main opposition party that ruled India for much of its post-independence history.
The news came as Mr Modi gave an interview about his penurious youth, seeking to burnish his religious credentials ahead of the vote.
Mr Modi said he would spend “reflective” days alone each year in the jungle to attain self-realisation.
“Not many people know this, but I would go away for five days somewhere in the jungle during the Diwali holidays every year, a place with only clean water and no people,” Mr Modi, 68, told the Humans of Bombay Facebook page on Tuesday.
In a rare appearance on social media, Mr Modi said when people asked him who he was going to meet, he would reply: “Myself”.
“I would reflect in the jungle and the strength that this time gave me still helps me handle life and its various experiences,” he said.