Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be campaigning against Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a mega roadshow in the PM’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.
Priyanka will be holding a roadshow on May 15, which is slated to commence at 5pm in the evening from Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's staute in Lanka and will conclude at the religiously significant Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Priyanka will also be performing a puja at the holy Kashi Vishwanath shrine. She is slated to land in Varanasi by 4 pm and will kick off her campaigning by 5 pm. The roadshow will begin from Pandit Malviya’s statue in Lanka and will cover areas including Ravidas Gate, Assi, Shivala, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Godowlia, Baansfatak and will conclude at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Prime Minister’s roadshow in Varanasi held on the day of his nomination, witnessed massive crowds swarming in. After his roadshow, PM also performed Ganga Aarti.
Congress has fielded Ajay Rai against Prime Minister Modi in his bastion. In 2014 polls PM Modi had registered a landslide victory with 5 lakh 81 thousand votes, while Rai could manage to collect only 75000 votes and was at third position in the three-sided contest between BJP, AAP and Congress. Delhi CM and AAP chief Kejriwal was at the second position in the 2014 polls.
Varanasi will vote for Lok Sabha in the last phase of elections on May 19.
Talking about not contesting from Varanasi, Priyanka had said she sought the advice of senior Congress leaders and other party colleagues, who felt she has a greater responsibility on her shoulders of looking after 41 seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh, of which she has been given the charge.
"I took advice of all senior leaders of our party and colleagues in Uttar Pradesh. They firmly felt that I have responsibility here of looking after 41 seats. I felt that they (candidates)would be disappointed if I focused on only one place," ANI quoted Priyanka as saying.