New Delhi: Despite repeatedly telling that it was the party’s decision to not let her contest from Varanasi parliamentary constituency, Congress East UP general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been asked to comment on the same on numerous occasions. Making it clear once and for all, Priyanka on Wednesday said that the decision was a collective one and not because she was ‘scared of contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - Wear Masks, Maintain Social Distancing: Modi in Message to Bengal For Durga Puja Festivities | Highlights
“If Priyanka Gandhi gets scared, she will sit at home and not do politics. I am in politics for good and will be there,” she said while campaigning in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi from where Congress President Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
She went on to add how there is a lot of work and had she been fielded from Varanasi, she would’ve been confined to one particular constituency. “See there is a lot of work… Had I contested from Varanasi I would have been confined just to that one constituency. Every candidate wants me to go campaign for them. I cannot disappoint them,” she added. (Also Read: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Chides Kids For Speaking Against PM Modi in Amethi) Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation
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“I took the advice of all senior leaders of our party and colleagues in UP. They firmly felt that I have a responsibility here of looking after 41 seats. I felt that they (candidates) would be disappointed if I focused on only one place,” Vadra had said when she had been asked about her nomination from Varanasi seat.
Priyanka‘s earlier comments wherein she had said “Why not Varanasi?” when asked by reporters to contest from her mother Sonia Gandhi’s seat Raebareli, had set people talking.
The Congress had announced last week that Ajay Rai, a local Congress leader would be the party’s candidate again from Varanasi. In 2014, Ajay Rai had unsuccessfully contested the elections against PM Modi. He came third by polling 75,614 votes as opposed to Modi who won by polling 5,81,022 votes.