I’m not going to Varanasi: Priyanka

A file photo of Priyanka Gandhi. Photo: Prashant Nakwe.

A file photo of Priyanka Gandhi. Photo: Prashant Nakwe.

Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday said she will not be campaigning in Varanasi, where party candidate Ajay Rai is pitted against BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.

“I am not going to Varanasi. I will campaign in Amethi and Rae Bareli only,” Ms. Priyanka told reporters in reply to queries.

Reports in a section of the media on Saturday suggested that Ms. Priyanka could campaign in favour of her party candidate against Mr. Modi in Varanasi.

Recently, she had trashed reports that she wanted to challenge Mr. Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat and was stopped by the party high command.

Ms. Priyanka had said it was a “personal” decision not to contest and that her family would “wholeheartedly support” her if she ever wanted to.

“My decision to not contest is personal. I will only change it (if) I feel from within that I should,” she had said.

“My brother, mother and husband (Robert Vadra) would wholeheartedly support me if I ever wanted to (contest),” she had said.

Ms. Priyanka has maintained that she wanted to campaign only in Amethi, from where her brother is contesting, and in Rae Bareli, from where her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi is fighting.

Ms. Priyanka on Saturday refused to comment on yoga guru Ramdev’s controversial remarks targeting Rahul Gandhi.

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