New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday revealed that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra‘s entry into politics was a well planned decision which was taken a few years back. Addressing a town-hall in Bhubaneswar, the Congress president reportedly asserted,” I kept on asking her to join politics but Priyanka wanted to focus on her children as they were young. But now as both children were grown up she decided to join Congress party.”

Talking about the assassinations in the Gandhi family, Rahul said,”We have been through hell together. Everyone thinks all is easy for us as we are from a illustrious family but it was not. Our father and grandmother were assassinated. We have seen some very hard situations. It brought us closer.”  (Also read: ‘People Will See Indira Gandhi in Her,’ Says Sena)

Speaking about his equation with his sister, Rahul, who is an year older to Priyanka said,”If we are sitting in different rooms and you ask us the same question, 80% of the time you will get the same answer.” Furthermore he said that they always believed in giving space to each other and they have lot of conversation.

Gandhi also apprised about Priyanka’s role saying her main job is to revive the idea of the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh. “No decision has been taken about her role outside the state,” a protal quoted Rahul as saying.

Earlier on January 23, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed the Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East  by All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi. Rahul had claimed that the party wants young leaders to change UP politics. The news comes a few days ahead of the announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by the Election Commission of India.

Making the announcement, the Congress informed that Priyanka will be taking charge of her responsibility with effect from February first week. She was also congratulated by her husband, Robert Vadra, in a Facebook post. If reports are to be believed, she will contest the upcoming general elections from Rae Bareli constituency. The seat is currently represented by her mother Sonia Gandhi, in Lok Sabha.