The political temperature in Uttar Pradesh is set to rise manifold. The BJP is toying with the idea of putting up strong candidates against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in their respective constituencies.
The saffron party may field mercurial senior leader Uma Bharati to take on Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli, while actor-turned-politician Smiriti Irani will contest against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. BJP sources said suggestions to this effect have come before the party and they were actively considering them.
Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, “It is true that a suggestion has come (on fielding Uma Bharti). I am telling you another thing. Some have given a suggestion that Smriti Irani can be fielded. Party is discussing that.”
The attempt to field strong candidates against the Gandhis stems from the fact that they should not be given a walkover by fielding weaker candidates. The Congress and the AAP are also placing best candidates against BJP’s top leadership.