Inside hours of stating that senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi would contest from Amethi within the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Ajay Rai retracted his assertion on Friday and clarified that he solely stated individuals and employees wished the Gandhi scion to contest from Amethi.
“Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi. Priyanka ji can contest from Varanasi if she needs…” Rai was heard saying in a video posted by information company ANI on X (beforehand Twitter) on Friday. He was responding to questions from media individuals in Ghazipur, the place he attended a programme organised to pay tributes to martyrs.
“I didn’t say that Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi. I solely stated employees and individuals are demanding that Rahul Gandhi ought to contest from Amethi,” stated the UPCC chief later clarified throughout a cellphone dialog with HT.
About Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, he stated, “Priyanka ji could contest from wherever, be it Varanasi or Amethi. It’s for Priyanka Ji to resolve.”
Rai, who changed Brijlal Khabri because the president of the state Congress unit, is taken into account an aggressive chief who contested in opposition to prime minister Narendra Modi in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He faces the problem of reviving the Congress in Uttar Pradesh forward of 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Final elections, the Congress was ready to safe a meagre 6.31 per cent of votes and gained solely the Rae Bareli constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.