All hopes of Congress leader Priyanka Vadra Gandhi trying her charisma before none other than the Prime Minister of the country crashed after her opted to field Ajay Rai in her place.
After the grand old party’s announcement, the fueling speculation ended over Priyanka Gandhi’s candidature, which had indicated she might make her political debut from the temple city (read Varanasi) to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as her contender.
On Thursday, Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari against BJP’s star candidate Ravi Kishen in Gorakhppur.
The speculation on Priyanka Gandhi was fueled after Congress president Rahul Gandhi said last week, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.”
The Congress fielded Ajay Rai against Modi in 2014 as well. He finished third in the contest, after Modi and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal.
Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi had said that she is willing to contest from Varanasi if the party wants. There was huge demand from the grassroot level of the party to field Priyanka Gandhi from Varanasi to make it a grand contest. However, Congress has played it safe by fielding a strong local leader.
Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi on Friday.
Top NDA leaders are expected to be present during the filing of nomination and the planned road-show to make the event a grand spectacle.