There was a speculation in the media and social media circles that Priyanka Gandhi is going to Contest in Varanasi under Congress ticket. Few days back, Priyanka Gandhi also told that she is ready to contest Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, if Congress President Rahul Gandhi nominates her as the candidate. Putting an end to this speculation, the Congress has avoided Priyanka Gandhi’s candidature in Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by announcing the candidature of Ajay Rai to take on the Prime Minister.
Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to address a roadshow in Varanasi and on this day the Congress party had shut down all the rumours by deciding to go with five-time MLA Rai as their candidate. It also should be remembered that Rai had previously contested against Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi and had finished third behind AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.
The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has fielded Shalini Yadav of the SP who had unsuccessfully contested for the post of mayor in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.