All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has responded to her party's decision to not field Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from Varanasi.
There were rife speculations about Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's candidature from the seat in Uttar Pradesh against PM Narendra Modi. However, on Thursday, Congress announced it would field Ajay Rai from the constituency.
Dev wrote on Twitter about the party's decision.
She said that Gandhi Vadra has had a huge impact in Uttar Pradesh and had taken on her opponents in every constituency of UP during her campaigning.
"Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ji is a formidable force, no one can deny her impact on the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh. She has actually taken on her opponents in every constituency of UP where she is campaigning not just Varanasi," she wrote on Twitter
Gandhi Vadra had stated previously that she will fight elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from his bastion Varanasi constituency, she had left the decision on the party president.
"I have said this repeatedly that I will do what the party asks me to do," said Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi on April 23 while addressing a rally, according to news agency PTI.
About Ajai Rai:
Five-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Ajay Rai is a local strongman in the Varanasi area for the Congress party. While he started his political journey as a BJP leader, in 2009 he joined the Indian National Congress. In 2014 General Elections, Ajay Rai was the Congress candidate from Varanasi against BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. However, he lost to PM Modi, coming third after AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal.