"We will definitely challenge the Varanasi seat. The candidate has not been decided yet," she told reporters after the release of Congress manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The name of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is doing the rounds for Varanasi seat against Modi and the party has made it clear that it will not vacate the political space by not contesting in favour of any candidate including Arvind Kejriwal.
The party has already fielded AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, to take on Narendra Modi in Vadodara, the second seat from where the Gujarat Chief Minister is contesting.
Mistry, who had won the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Sabarkantha, Gujarat, is at present a Rajya Sabha member.
Ever since Modi's candidature was announced from Vadodara, there was speculation that Congress will change its candidate from the seat as the party declared that the electoral battle against the BJP's prime ministerial candidate will be fought strongly especially in constituencies which he is contesting.
When asked whether he agrees with the statement of the Prime Minister about two months back that Modi's coming to power will be "disastrous" for the country, Rahul said: “The PM is a wise man and on most of the issues I bow to him. I tend to agree with his wisdom."
He went on to add that it was an issue of an ‘individual’ but the ‘ideology’.
“Individuals may have personal likes or dislikes but the real danger is the ideology,” he added.
Rahul along with Sonia Gandhi debunked the opinion polls, which project a dismal show for the Congress.
"I frankly don't have much faith in the opinion polls. In 2004 also, the story of Congress was over as per the opinion polls. In 2009 also, we were given no chance. But we got more seats. So, we cannot go 100 percent by the opinion polls," the Congress president said.
Rahul also talked in the same vein, saying the Congress was projected to suffer badly in 2009. "You did not believe us then. When the results come, you will be surprised," he added.