Modi-Priyanka faceoff in Varanasi Congress nominates Ajay Rai
Priyanka vs Modi as Congress again fields Ajay Rai from Varanasi
Congress party has fielded Ajay Rai against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi. It was being speculated that the grand old party could field Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from the high profile constituency.
The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP's actor-turned politician Ravi Kishan.
On the other hand, the party has fielded Madhusudan Tiwari against Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan from Gorakhpur. Priyanka had said that she will be happy to contest the election if asked by her party.
Ajay Rai had forfeited his deposit in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and finished third in the contest.
This is the second time Congress has chosen Ajay Rai as its candidate for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. In 2014, he was Congress's bet for the temple town from where PM Modi was contesting his first ever Lok Sabha election.