Rahul Gandhi: Not denying that Priyanka will contest from Varanasi
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 19, 2019, 05:54 PM
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in an interview, said that he is “not yet confirming”, whether his sister and Party General Secretary from UP East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, will contest from the Varanasi constituency of Uttar Pradesh, against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 in the last phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. He added that he would like to “leave everyone in suspense”.
Speculations have been ablaze since the charismatic lady, who bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother and former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, finally entered the political arena this year. Media and Congress loyalists expect her to overturn the results of election, if she would contest and actively participate.
Priyanka had herself jokingly said at a rally a few days ago that she might contest elections from the constituency of Varanasi in UP, when urged by a worker to fight the polls.
Gandhi’s husband, Robert Vadra, while speaking to reporters, said that his wife “is ready to fight from Varanasi”, and that she is a hardworking person, and “people see her as an agent of change”. Though there has been no official confirmation from either Gandhi or the party, Vadra’s statements have placed media and the internet in a frenzy.
Yesterday, at a rally in Amethi, which has been represented by four members of her family, Priyanka told reporters, “If my party wants me to contest polls then I will definitely do so”.
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