Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Sunday that she is ready to contest Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Varanasi but only if her brother, party chief Rahul Gandhi, gives the nod.
Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from where he is seeking re-election.
When asked if she is ready to fight PM Modi on his turf, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “If Congress President asks me to contest, I will be happy to contest.”
Priyanka, the 47-year-old daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, was in Kerala’s Wayanad on a two-day trip campaigning for her brother, who is also contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi.
While Congress workers have been requesting the party high command to field Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from Varanasi, Rahul Gandhi has not yet said anything clearly.
The 48-year-old Gandhi has made it clear that the primary role of his sister is to help Congress win the 2022 UP state elections.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been campaigning feverishly across eastern Uttar Pradesh as well as other states for her party.
But Varanasi has been at the centre of her political campaign. In March, soon after she was handed the charge of the party’s campaign in eastern UP, Priyanka embarked on a three-day boat ride from Prayagraj’s Sangam to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
Polling Varanasi will be held in the seventh and last phase on 19 May.