Former Congress MP Priya Dutt is going to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier Priya was not ready to contest, as she wanted to focus on her family more. She even wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi about her decision for not contesting general elections. It is said that Congress chief has asked her to rethink about her decision.
“I am in the race. I am fighting this election. I am fighting for the future of my children. It is a fight to save our democracy,” Priya Dutt was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Priya was elected MP for two terms from North Bombay seat after her father late Sunil Dutt passed away. However in 2014 she lost to Poonam Mahajan of the BJP.
According to reports there are some internal problems going on with party workers and even Priya Dutt has mentioned her disagreement with some party colleagues, in a statement in January she said. “To all those in the party who I have had disagreements with, I hope they understand it was never personal. I have only represented what was best for the party, the workers, and my constituents.”
Saying her service has always been sincere, Priya Dutt said, “I have always been sincere with the people of my constituency, even at times when the truth has hurt me. I maintain that has worked for the people and for me.”
But she insisted that her decision not to contest the elections is purely personal. “My boys are now 13 and 11 years old. I had missed so many special moments in their lives and want to be there for them more than ever before… every parent will understand why. These are crucial years for my boys. Life is changing for them, as it is for me, and it is important for them to have both their parents around. My husband has steadily supported me all these years and has sacrificed much of his life to adjust to mine. It was time for me to be together with and for them,” Ms Dutt said.
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