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Cong workers, analysts, husband and BJP, Priyanka under watchful gaze of many

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

was the cynosure of many eyes on Monday -- the thousands walking alongside during her debut road show in as and the many analysts looking for political nuance but also her husband who asked people to "keep her safe".

The lines between and family and public and personal seemed to have blurred for the 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.

"wears jeans and top in but when she comes to rural areas she is clad in a sari and wears sindoor," Harish Dwivedi, from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, told reporters in his constituency on Sunday night.

M Veerappa Moily and were among those who criticised him for his anti-women remarks.

The sexist and inappropriate remarks reflect a "patriarchal and misogynistic mindset", Moily said on

What a woman chooses to wear is nobody's business but her own, added Mehbooba.

"Sadly even in todays modern world, patriarchy plus brazen sexism always raises its & is normalised," the former tweeted.

Monday was also the day joined the microblogging site, getting tens of thousands of followers within hours of logging in.

Dwivedi's widely reported comment was perhaps part of the "vindictive and vicious" political atmosphere that her husband warned her against in an emotional post on Monday.

As Priyanka Gandhi, 47, travelled slowly through the streets of with her brother and Congress and party colleague Jyotiradiya Scindia, sent her his best wishes.

"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 and serving the people of 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 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.

In on Monday, crowds jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of the woman who many old timers said carried the stamp of her grandmother

Though Priyanka Gandhi has often campaigned for her mother and brother in the state, this was the first time that she was there as Congress 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

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.

"With the at the Nehru Bhawan, it is almost celebration here," tweeted Sushmita Dev, of the All Mahila Congress.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:10 IST