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Not Priyanka Gandhi, Congress Pits Ajay Rai Against PM Modi in Varanasi
Putting all rumours to rest, the Congress on Thursday declared Ajay Rai as its candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP-SP-RLD’s Shalini Yadav. For long there was speculation that Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be pitted against the Prime Minister in her maiden electoral fight. A few days ago while speaking to news agency ANI, Priyanka had also said that she is willing to contest from Varanasi if the Congress president asks her to. A five-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Ajay Rai also contested the 2014 elections and came a distant third by polling 75,614 votes as opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who won by polling 5,81,022 as against the first runner-up Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party, who got 2,09,238 votes.