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India's opposition steps up challenge to Modi with Priyanka Gandhi

INC pins hopes on popularity of Indira's granddaughter as polls show no majority

Many say Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the spitting image of her hugely popular late grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's main opposition party has put the charismatic younger sister of leader Rahul Gandhi in a key front-line position, in what could be a pivotal move in its bid to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi in general elections in May.

The Indian National Congress announced on Wednesday that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had been appointed party general secretary for the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, a crucial state in India's north that accounts for 80 of the 543 elected seats in the lower house.

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