Speculation Rises Again on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Electoral Debut in Wayanad Bypoll

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 14th June.
 Speculation surrounding Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s potential electoral debut has resurfaced, with sources indicating to NDTV on Thursday that she might contest the bypoll from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency if her brother, Rahul Gandhi, vacates the seat. This development comes amidst Rahul Gandhi’s deliberations on relinquishing Wayanad in favor of Raebareli, a decision crucially impacting the Congress’ electoral strategy.

Rahul Gandhi, who secured significant victories from both Raebareli and Wayanad in previous elections, recently sparked discussions about Priyanka’s potential electoral impact by suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have faced a tougher challenge in Varanasi if she had contested against him.

The speculation over Priyanka Gandhi’s electoral ambitions has been recurrent since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, where she was rumored to challenge PM Modi in Varanasi. Despite such speculations in the past, including hints at contesting Uttar Pradesh elections in 2022, Priyanka Gandhi opted out citing concerns over multiple Gandhis simultaneously serving in Parliament.

The recent developments suggest a dynamic within the Congress leadership, with sources suggesting that Rahul Gandhi’s decision to vacate Wayanad for Raebareli is likely, emphasizing Uttar Pradesh’s strategic importance in national politics. Senior Congress figures have supported this shift, with Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee chief K Sudhakaran suggesting that while it would be regretful for Wayanad, Rahul’s leadership must prioritize broader political imperatives.

As the decision-making process unfolds, Congress workers in Wayanad have expressed their sentiments through banners urging Rahul Gandhi to remain connected with the constituency’s needs, even if Priyanka Gandhi were to contest the upcoming bypoll. With bypolls mandated within six months of a seat vacancy, Wayanad braces for an intriguing electoral contest amid evolving political dynamics.

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