Against the backdrop of Congress’ decision to go alone in Uttar Pradesh and Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into the political arena, the BJP feels the increase in Congress “credibility” in the State would actually help the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Reacting to Priyanka’s entry in Congress as General Secretary in-charge of Eastern UP, sources said the Congress party’s increase in popularity would hit the SP-BSP alliance and not the BJP.

On the issue of whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would contest from more than one seat, they said, “The BJP Parliamentary Board would take a decision if it helps the party”.

The speculation is that besides Varanasi, Modi may also contest from Odisha which will go to Assembly polls in 2019.

Sources, however, confirmed that Modi’s first Lok Sabha constituency would be Varanasi.

Also, there would be no age bar in contesting LS polls, sources  said even while claiming that the Shiv Sena would be with the BJP in both the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.