Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections

POLITICAL SCOOP: Congress May Field Priyanka Vadra Directly Against PM Modi In Varanasi, Pressure Builds On Rahul Gandhi To Decide Even As TDP & NCP Nod In Approval

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

In a sensational scoop coming out of the Congress camp, sources from within the party have said that Congress' General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As per Congress sources, a certain camp within the party has expressed the view that the newly appointed Congress leader should take on PM Modi in his home turf and that Priyanka Vadra has acquiesced to this request. The Congress is also insistent that the Gathbandhan of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party should come out in support of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra if the battle does materialise. 

The final decision, however, is in the hands of party president Rahul Gandhi, though in this case as well, as per Congress sources, a certain camp within the party is of the view that he has no reason to object now that Priyanka Vadra has giver her nod.

Additionally, as per sources, senior UP Congress leader Raj Babbar has confirmed in an off-record briefing that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had also advised Congress president Rahul Gandhi to declare Priyanka Gandhi as the joint-Opposition candidate and that ally NCP also concurred. A decision could be taken today.

Here are the 6 key points as per the Congress sources:

  1. The General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East), Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, may contest election from, Varanasi, against PM Modi
  2. A certain camp in the party wants the newly appointed Congress leader to take on PM Modi in Varanasi
  3. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had also advised Congress president Rahul Gandhi to declare Priyanka Gandhi as the joint-Opposition candidate. Ally NCP has also requested Rahul Gandhi to do the same
  4. The political buzz from Congress camp is that the SP-BSP gathbandhan should support Priyanka Vadra if she does contest from Varanasi 
  5. The final call will be taken by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, possibly on Saturday.
  6. A section within the party is of the view that Rahul Gandhi now has no reason to say no, given that Priyanka Vadra has given her nod.

Read: "Every Politician Should Learn From My Mother's Devotion To Rae Bareli," Writes Priyanka Vadra After Sonia Gandhi Files Nomination Papers

Earlier on April 11, 2019, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday filed her nomination papers from the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. As she filed her nomination, her daughter and Uttar Pradesh Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to post a message for the UPA chairperson.

"Every candidate, every politician, should learn from my mother's devotion towards the people of Rae Bareli. The motive of politics is public service and dedication. Whoever gets this opportunity, should be thankful to the people," she wrote on Twitter. 



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