New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 13, 2023 22:19 IST
A day after Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra expressed a desire for his wife Priyanka Gandhi (Congress general secretary) to be in Parliament, political leaders on Sunday reacted advising that the Gandhi scion must make her electoral debut in 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
“I feel she (Priyanka Gandhi) should be in Parliament. She has all the qualifications and would do a great job. I hope that the Congress party accepts and plans better for her,” Robert Vadra had said.
Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and MP Sanjay Raut suggested that Priyanka Gandhi could contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, a constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“It would be difficult for PM Narendra Modi to move out of Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency if Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra contested from there (in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls). I am confident Priyanka will win,” news agency PTI quoted Sanjay Raut as saying.
Uttarakhand’s former Chief Minister Harish Rawat also backed the idea that Priyanka Gandhi should contest the upcoming national polls, saying “Crores of people want to see Priyanka Gandhi in Parliament”.
“Crores of people want to see Priyanka Gandhi in Parliament. She has the potential to win and make us win, but the party leadership has to decide,” Harish Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Rumours were rife ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election that the Congress party could pit Priyanka Gandhi against PM Modi. However, later the party fielded Ajay Rai in the Varanasi constituency, reportedly after Priyanka refused to contest the polls.
Meanwhile, the Indore Police on Saturday (August 12) said it has registered an FIR against the “handlers” of the ‘X’ accounts of senior Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath and former union minister Arun Yadav over a post accusing the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh of corruption.