BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh spoke about the speculations on Priyanka Gandhi contesting from the seat.
He said that anyone can be allowed to contest and that Congress is in confusion about its fielding candidate.
"There is democracy in the country, anyone can contest. Congress is in confusion, not us. Our candidate has been declared, Narendra Modi will contest election from here," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Congress' senior leader Ahmed Patel backed the Priyanka Vadra saying that 'personally he will be happy if she contest the elections from Varanasi'.
Addressing the media after casting his vote in the third phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress leader said:
"Of course party president will consult other leaders before taking the decision. She herself said that she'll definitely contest if party asks her to. Party will soon take a decision on it. Personally, I will be very happy".
Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday said that she will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi if party chief Rahul Gandhi asks her to do so.
“I will be happy to contest in Varanasi if my brother Rahul Gandhi insists,” Priyanka Gandhi told reporters in Kerala’s Wayanad.
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. Furthermore, certain leaders of the Opposition have also insistent that the Congress General Secretary for UP East should take the battle directly to PM Modi. Congress-ally NCP has also made the same request.
Amit Shah also spoke about Rahul Gandhi's 'murder accused' remark at him saying that a "fake case" was registered against him.
He alleged an 'absence of evidence' and 'political motivation' behind the case, furthermore taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi's "legal knowledge"
He said, "A fake case was registered against me in which court has delivered its judgement. The gist of the judgement is that it was a politically motivated case and there is no evidence in this case. I don't want to comment much on Rahul Gandhi's legal knowledge."