Five years later, it's widely accepted within the party that Priyanka is the star campaigner for the Congress. In-house surveys commissioned by party strategists in various states have shown she is the most acceptable member of the Gandhi clan, which collectively (Sonia, Priyanka and Rahul), it is claimed, outstrips even Atal Behari Vajpayee in popularity. The media has 'testified' to her overpowering "charisma" and "magnetism". The camera loves her. And so do the people, according to the surveys.
Posters with her portrait are a regular feature at Congress conclaves. And yet, she hasn't indicated that she will campaign for the party in the forthcoming elections. Sonia actively discourages any discussion on her children's entry into politics, merely saying that it is their decision. Priyanka herself is equally vague, either telling reporters to "ask the AICC" or "wait and see".