The Congress party has decided not to field Priyanka Gandhi in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency after weeks of speculation. Priyanka will not be challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead it will be Ajay Rai who will be challenging Modi. He is a local strongman and he came third in 2014 elections after Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.
The Congress core group committee met and decided to desist Priyanka from contesting the elections in Varanasi. The reason being, Priyanka had just joined politics and it would not be a wise decision to rush her into a high profile poll battle. It was felt that she should first establish herself in Uttar Pradesh.