Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Priyanka Gandhi into politics, wonders if she could become 'X factor' of 2019 polls

  • Mufti said Priyanka brings with her the grace of the Gandhi-Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm

  • Jammu and Kashmir's Congress unit also hailed the induction of Priyanka as AICC general secretary

  • AICC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir said Priyanka's appointment was a

Srinagar: Welcoming Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into politics, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday wondered if the Gandhi family scion would become the X factor of the upcoming national elections.

 Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Priyanka Gandhi into politics, wonders if she could become X factor of 2019 polls

File image of Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said Priyanka brings with her the grace of the Gandhi-Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm.

"Welcome Priyanka Gandhi to the rough and tumble of politics. She brings with her the grace of Gandhi Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm. Wish her the best. Could she become the X factor of 2019 poll battle?" Mehbooba tweeted.

The state unit of the Congress also hailed the induction of Priyanka as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary.

Its chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir said, "It is very significant and timely decision taken by Congress president. The induction of Priyanka Gandhi will have a good impact on national politics, besides boosting the moral of the party cadres."

Priyanka formally entered politics on Wednesday with the Congress appointing her general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, ending years of speculation and signalling the party's intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections.

Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 19:18:21 IST