Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday finally broke her silence over not being nominated from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Priyanka said that she felt other candidates from Uttar Pradesh would be disappointed if she focused only on one constituency.
“I took the advice of all senior leaders of our party and colleagues in UP. They firmly felt that I have a responsibility here of looking after 41 seats. I felt that they (candidates) would be disappointed if I focused on only one place,” Priyanka said.
Earlier, there were speculations that Priyanka would be fielded against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi but the national party announced Ajay Rai as its candidate for the seat.
While interacting with party workers in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka had expressed her willingness to contest from Varanasi. “I will be happy to contest in Varanasi if my brother Rahul Gandhi insists,” Priyanka said.
Union minister Arun Jaitley had said Priyanka “quietly chickened out of the contest” and that he was disappointed by the party not fielding her. He had also said the myth propagated by the Congress that ‘Priyanka will make a difference’ has been debunked now.
Priyanka Gandhi was appointed as General Secretary for UP East ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.