AAP leader Shazia Ilmi today sought to quell speculation that she would be pitted against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Lok Sabha polls, saying she “never agreed” to contest from Rae Bareli.”I am not contesting from Rae Bareli. I never agreed to nor do I now… I’ve been denying this for the last two months,” Ms Ilmi wrote on social networking site Twitter.There was buzz in the party that Ms Ilmi will be fielded against Gandhi from Rae Bareli after another AAP leader Kumar Vishwas was fielded against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.Sources said the party was keen on Ms Ilmi taking on Mrs Gandhi, but then Ms Ilmi was not interested to take on the Congress president.
Ms Ilmi has expressed her desire to contest either from Farrukhabad, a seat represented by Union Minister Salman Khurshid, or any seat from Delhi.A section of party leaders were also of an opinion that Ms Ilmi, who undertakes fund raising campaigns, should be made to campaign instead of pitting her against Mrs Gandhi.Ms Ilmi had also contested from RK Puram constituency in Delhi assembly elections, but lost to a BJP candidate by a slender margin.Mr Vishwas, who is contesting against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, had yesterday said that like BJP even AAP wanted a safe seat.”Safe seat? Whether it is BJP or AAP, everyone wants a safe seat. In case of Congress every seat in unsafe,” Mr Vishwas had tweeted.