Modi-Priyanaka fight: Cong yet to figure out its Varanasi plan

Written by AK SRIVASTAVA

Even as the Congress leadership was not able to make up its mind on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s electoral debut from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP-SP alliance has announced its candidate, thus throwing up the possibility of a three-cornered contest. The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav.

Last month during a poll meeting, Priyanka had quipped; ‘How about (contesting from) Varanasi?’ which triggered the speculation that she might be fielded from Varanasi. When she was brought in as Congress general secretary and was made the in-charge of the eastern UP, there was an impression that she would take the electoral plunge.

Many political observers had suggested that pitting Priyanka against PM Modi would have sent a powerful message, though chances of her victory were grim. If it is a three-cornered fight, she may not be able to give a good fight as the Congress doesn’t have an organisation at the grassroot level.

A Congress leader told Indus Scrolls that the party would take a call soon on Priyanka’s candidature. “The party is weighing options,” he said. However, he admitted that delay in taking crucial decisions is hurting the party.

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