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Cong mulls fielding Digvijaya Singh against BJP Modi from Varanasi


New Delhi: The Congress is seriously exploring the possibility of fielding senior leader and party general secretary Digvijaya Singh from the Varanasi constituency against Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, senior party sources today said.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister himself has offered to contest from what is perhaps the most watched out for Lok Sabha constituency in the country, they said.

“There is a 50-50 chance of fielding him (Singh) from Varanasi. Yes, he has offered to contest from that constituency and the party will soon take a decision on his offer,” a top Congress party source told Cogencis.

An announcement on the remaining seats of Uttar Pradesh, including Varanasi, is likely by next week, the source indicated. Aam Aadmi Party convener and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is also likely to challenge Modi in Varanasi.

Also, Congress leaders had been saying that the party will field a “heavyweight” in the constituency. Meanwhile, there is also speculation that former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh may be fielded against senior BJP leader and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, from the Amritsar constituency.