When Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha nominee Priyanka Chaturvedi visited Australia

By Prachi Panchal
Priyanka with Nithya Remesan and Roshni Sharma

Shiv Sena has nominated its Deputy Leader and Former INC National Spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, as its candidate for the upcoming vacancies to the Upper House of Indian Parliament from the economic power house State of Maharashtra.

With a massive following on Twitter and other social media platforms, Priyanka is also one of the most trolled female politicians in India. A passionate advocate for women’s empowerment, Priyanka is a former journalist and as a trustee of two NGOs. She also works to promote children’s education, women’s health and wellness. She also runs a book review blog which is amongst the top ten weblogs on books in India.

Sources believe that it was insistence of Maharashtra’s Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray, which led to Priyanka’s candidature being finalised. Several senior Sena leaders such as Chandrakant Khaire, Diwakar Raote, Anant Gete and others were believed to be in the reckoning for the prestigious nomination.

Manjit, Vikas and Nitin with Priyanka at Perfect Group HQ

Former ministerial adviser Nitin Gupta thinks that Priyanka, an articulate figure on television with a massive social media presence, would not only be able to voice Sena’s view in Parliament efficiently, but also help in increasing Sena’s imprint amongst the female, metro and Hindi speaking voters.

In February 2017, Priyanka had visited Melbourne on an invitation by Nitin Gupta, and delivered a talk on “Challenges for Indian economy post-demonetisation” to members of the Australian Indian community. During that well attended talk, she had also shared her own experiences of demonetisation, including standing in long ATM queues to withdraw money.

Cricket Australia Ambassador Dheepa Awtani presenting Priyanka with a T Shirt

On the same trip, Priyanka had also attended a meet and greet event organised by IAEF at the scenic “Roof Top” of the Western Institute of Technology (WIT), South Melbourne, which was hosted by Darpan Mittal and Cr Intaj Khan (City of Wyndham). The Indian Sun was the exclusive Media Partner for both the above mentioned events.

During her last Melbourne visit, Priyanka had also visited Australia’s oldest Hindu Temple—the ISKCON temple (Albert Park), had taken a tour of the Richmond Tigers Footy Club, had a meeting with former Victorian Premier Hon. Ted Baillieu at the Old Treasury Building, visited the Headquarters of Perfect Group in Glen Waverley, and had also paid a visit to the Gold Museum to learn about Victoria’s gold legacy.


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