Amid rising heat of Lok Sabha elections in the country, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plays her role as she teased a potential showdown with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her quip- “Why not Varanasi?”
On Thursday, Priyanka Gandhi, while meeting Congresos workers in Rae Bareli, “Why not Varanasi?” she asked, smiling.
Priyanka Gandhi, Congress in charge of eastern UP, also said that she had told her mother not to worry as she would look at the work of her constituency. Though contesting from Varanasi seems to be just a quick retort, Priyanka Gandhi had a day earlier said she was ready to contest elections if her party wanted.
Priyanka Gandhi joined politics in January after years spent in the Congress backrooms, with only a guest role in the party’s campaigns, that too confined to the two Gandhi family constituencies.
Will Priyanka resurrect the sinking ship?
Congress workers believe that Priyanka Gandhi contesting the polls can resurrect the party’s sinking ship. Many of them believe Priyanka, with her striking resemblance to grandmother Indira Gandhi, is a sure-shot hit with the masses.
The buzz has been kept alive by Priyanka Gandhi’s increased public appearances, the frequency of her chats with the media to field attacks from the BJP and Mayawati and her recent three-day boat campaign on the river Ganga that ended in Varanasi.
Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven rounds of the election from April 11 to May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.