Reacting on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's name not featuring as Congress' Varanasi candidate, Yoga Guru and Patanjali Ayurved founder, Baba Ramdev, on Friday, said that they (BJP) too regretted on missing out a 'historic battle in politics.'
"If Priyanka had contested then the fight would have been very interesting. oreover, if Priyankaji had got the support of Akhileshji and Mayawatiji then this would have been a historic battle in politics. But T20 like battle could not be witnessed by you. We too regret this," he said while addressing the media.
Earlier on the same day, Congress member Rajeev Shukla had revealed that it was indeed the party president who had decided to not field her (Vadra) from Varanasi.
"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," he said in a media briefing.
This opinion differed from Congress aide and Chairman of the Overseas Indian National Congress, Sam Pitroda who said on Friday, it was she (Vadra) who had chosen to not contest in Varanasi as that the Congress president had left the decision on the matter on her.
"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.
The Congress party had announced on Thursday, that Ajay Rai will be the party's candidate to contest the elections from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi constituency against BJP's candidate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and not the UP general Seceratary (East), Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. They had also announced that Madhusudan Tiwari would be their chosen Gorakhpur candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.