After Rahul Gandhi's aide Sam Pitroda blamed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for backing out from contesting in Varanasi against PM Narendra Modi, Congress insider Rajeev Shukla has given it away that it was indeed the party president who had decided to not field her in the holy city.
Shukla during a media briefing a couple of hours after Pitroda's statement refuted him saying that it was the Congress president who had decided to not field her from the constituency.
"If you remember, she had said since day one that she wanted to fight in Varanasi and said that it was Rahul Gandhi decision. The Congress president decided that the former contestant Ajay Rai who had worked for five years must be given an opportunity to contest. She had said at every platform that the Congress president who will decide to fight."
The difference in statements shows the infighting within the dynastic Congress family with a camp Priyanka and camp Rahul in the party.
Earlier on Friday, Republic TV had asked Pitroda whether Rahul Gandhi trusted her about fighting in Varanasi against the Prime Minister. Pitorda responded by blaming the party's UP general secretary (east) and said it was she who had chosen to not contest in Varanasi as that the Congress president had left the decision on the matter on her.
He added that it was not true that Rahul Gandhi did not have faith in her to take on PM Modi.
"Not true. Party president gave her the final decision. It is Priyanka ji's decision. She herself thought that there is a lot of responsibility. She thought that rather than concentrating on one seat, she should focus on the job she has at hand. So that decision was finally hers and she decided it," he said.