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+ , but one that elicited an unexpected answer. “Varanasi se lad lun (should I contest from Varanasi?)” – Priyanka’s response to a party worker’s query at a meeting in Rae Bareli on Thursday immediately set off fevered political speculation.
The comment is being interpreted in various ways. It could be mere repartee devoid of any deeper intent or could reveal a desire to take the electoral plunge. After all, it came a day after she answered the same question, saying that if the party felt so, she would be all too
happy to contest the election
The brief remark was enough to set a buzz and get the media interested, given that the temple town of Varanasi is the constituency of PM Narendra Modi.
According to reports, the comment came at a Congress workers’ meeting in Rae Bareli fromn where Sonia Gandhi is to contest once again, with a group insisting that Priyanka fight the polls. The implied suggestion, a party source said, could be that she could step into her mother’s shoes.
However, they were in for a shock when Priyanka turned back and asked how if she contested from Varanasi. While making it clear that she was open to contesting, she has also made it a point to add that her personal wish was to work for the party organisation as a lot of work had to be done.
Ever since Priyanka took the political plunge in January, the latest Gandhi to do so, there has been speculation if she would also make an electoral debut. With Sonia running again from her constituency and brother Rahul in Amethi, the possibility of her going to Varanasi “to tie down the PM to his seat” has been doing the rounds in party circles.
Priyanka’s own allusion to Varanasi is set to stoke this speculation which, given its sensational implication, may set the political campaign abuzz. As the news spread, a party sympathiser claimed that even in 2014, Priyanka had toyed with the idea of taking on Modi, BJP’s then prime ministerial nominee. However, the plan was shelved.
Given the charge of rejuvenating Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka is on a tour of the family turf of Amethi and Rae Bareli. She will visit Ayodhya on Friday before returning to the capital.
Should I fight from Varanasi, Priyanka Gandhi asks party workers – Times of India