It Was Priyanka’s Own Decision Not to Contest from Varanasi, Pitroda accused the BJP of not fulfilling its promises and claimed that people’s freedom. Congress leader Sam Pitroda on Friday said it was party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s own decision not to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.
Speculation over Priyanka Gandhi’s electoral debut from Modi’s constituency ended Thursday when the Congress fielded Ajay Rai from there. “The party president had left the final decision on her,” Pitroda said when reporters asked him about Rahul Gandhi not fielding his sister from the high-profile constituency.
Political circles had been agog with speculation for weeks that the recently appointed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi would contest from Varanasi. Priyanka Gandhi is in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh for her party.
On Thursday, the day PM Modi held a mega roadshow in the constituency, the Congress decided to field Ajay Rai, who finished third with just 7% votes behind PM Modi and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal. Answering questions from reporters, Priyanka Gandhi has said she would contest if the party asked her.