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'If I Would Have Fought From Varanasi Then...,'Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Breaks Her Silence On Not Contesting 2019 Polls Against PM Modi

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

Days after Congress ended the speculations over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by fielding Ajay Rai from Varanasi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the newly-inducted Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (east) has finally broken her silence on her electoral contest.

Responding to the questions of media on her electoral battle, Priyanka Vadra exclaimed that there is a lot of work that is needed to be done in Uttar Pradesh (East), adding that if she would have contested the polls from Varanasi, her focus would have shifted to Varanasi only.

"There is a lot work and if I would have fought from Varanasi then I would have been in Varanasi only. But there is a lot of work in eastern Uttar Pradesh," Priyanka Vadra said speaking to reporters in Raebareli.

Further on being questioned if she is upset for not contesting the polls, she said "No", reiterating that she will still contest the elections if her party would asks her to. 

"I am not at all upset. I had told you earlier as well that if the party decides then I will contest. And I had said that Eastern Uttar Pradesh needs a lot of work. Politics is not only for winning. My strategy is very clear we have to defeat BJP in 2019 elections. Congress will only cut the votes of BJP and not of the Ghathbandhan," she added. 

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Earlier, the Congress general secretary sent waves across the political spectrum after she agreed to contest the elections from Varanasi against PM Modi, saying that if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would want her to contest, she will contest. 

However, the aspirations of the Congress workers and her followers were shattered after the party pitted Ajay Rai against PM Modi from the prestigious Lok Sabha seat. 

Meanwhile, Congress' star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi is fulfilling her task and campaigning for her brother Rahul Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi in Amethi and Raebareli respectively. 

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