Why I walked out of Varanasi, Priyanka reveals secret…VIDEOnewstolive - May 1, 2019 47 0 COMMENTS
Amethi, April 30: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said the decision not to contest from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a collective party decision taken after ascertaining the opinion of all top party leaders.
Speaking to media here, the Congress leader, who is also the in-charge for the eastern Uttar Pradesh said, “Before deciding not to conest from Varanasi I took advice of all senior leaders of our party and colleagues in Uttar Pradesh.
“They felt that I have a responsibility here of looking after 41 seats and then I felt that if I contested from the Varanasi seat, then they (candidates) would be disappointed if I focused on only one place,” she said.
She also said that she has been given the task of strengthening the party in the eastern Pradesh.
The Congress last week announced the candidature of Ajay Rai against Modi from Varanasi.
Earlier, the Congress leader had sent ripples across the political spectrum after her swift riposte “Why not Varanasi” (the Lok Sabha seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi) to the party workers’ request to contest elections from her mother Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli.
Earlier, soon after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s to clarify his citizenship, his sister dismissed the allegations as rubbish and said her brother was an Indian who was born and brought up in India.
“I have not heard such a rubbish earlier,” Priyanka Gandhi told the media here.
“The entire country knows that Rahul Gandhi is an Indian. He was born in front of all here, he grew up here and in front of all he grew, everyone knows this,” she said.
Her remarks came after the Ministry issued the notice to Rahul Gandhi to clarify his nationality within a fortnight after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy alleged that he is a British national.
Priyanka Gandhi is on a day-long visit to the parliamentary constituency of her brother Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, where he is locked in a tough fight against BJP leader Smriti Irani, who is re-contesting from the seat.
On Wednesday, she will visit Rae Bareli, the constituency of her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi
Amethi and Rae Bareli will head to polls in the fifth phase on May 6 of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.