Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was the cynosure of many eyes on Monday -- the thousands walking alongside during her debut road show in Uttar Pradesh as Congress general secretary and the many analysts looking for political nuance but also her husband who asked people to "keep her safe".
The lines between politics and family and public and personal seemed to have blurred for the Congress leader and mother of two, who also found herself at the centre of a debate with a BJP MP's comments on her choice of clothes being slammed as sexist and misogynistic.
"Priyanka Gandhi wears jeans and top in Delhi but when she comes to rural areas she is clad in a sari and wears sindoor," Harish Dwivedi, BJP MP from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, told reporters in his constituency on Sunday night.
The sexist and inappropriate remarks reflect a "patriarchal and misogynistic mindset", Moily said on Twitter.
What a woman chooses to wear is nobody's business but her own, added Mehbooba.
"Please keep her safe," Vadra said, doffing his hat to his "best friend" over the years.
"My Best wishes to you P, on your new journey of working in Uttar Pradesh and serving the people of India. You have been my best friend, a perfect wife, and the best mother to our children," Vadra said.
"There is a very vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it's her duty to serve the people and now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe," he added.
Priyanka Gandhi, who married Vadra in 1997, last week came out in strong support of her husband, dropping him off at the Enforcement Directorate office for his first day of questioning in connection with a money laundering probe.
"He is my husband, he is my family...," she said in her unambiguous message of solidarity.
Though Priyanka Gandhi has often campaigned for her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi in the state, this was the first time that she was there as Congress general secretary and most couldn't get enough of her.
As her 'rath' inched through major thoroughfares, enthusiastic people and party members took vantage positions to click a pic.
Party tricolours and hoardings all over gave the city a festive look.
Some posters showed Priyanka Gandhi in a 'Durga Mata' avatar riding a lion.
"Maa Durga ka roop behen Priyankaji (Sister Priyankaji is Maa Durga's incarnation) said one poster, while some others highlighted her resemblance to Indira Gandhi.
Besides workers of other front organisations of the party, some Congress workers -- said to be members of Priyanka Sena, a little known outfit -- were seen wearing pink T-shirts with her photograph.
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