Priyanka ready to contest against Modi

Priyanka ready to contest against Modi
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI, APR 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/13/2019 11:48:50 AM IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who recently made her political debut by taking over as the AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), might be pitted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections. 

According to reports, Priyanka has agreed to contest from Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, and the final decision will be taken by the High Command.

According to sources, Priyanka is ready to take on the fight with Modi, after serious considerations, from Varanasi. She has already agreed to contest the poll. However, the final call rests with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Interestingly, earlier in March when Priyanka was urged by her party supporters to contest from Rae Bareilly or Amethi, she apparently responded in a lighter vein ‘why not Varanasi!’. The Congress general secretary had said that she would contest the Lok Sabha election if the party wanted her to do so. 

Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases, from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

In last elections in Varanasi, Modi won 5,81,022 votes defeating AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal who won 2,09,238 votes. The PM won by 3,71,784 votes.

In March, Priyanka was on a three-day long “Ganga Yatra” from Prayagraj to Varanasi. Her tour focused on “Sanchi Baat Priyanka ke Saath” in which she talked to people during her 140 kilometres long travel on a steamer boat to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

Priyanka had earlier criticised PM for not visiting a single village of his Varanasi constituency. Priyanka has called the Lok Sabha election a “new freedom struggle”.


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