Sheila Dikshit, the former Delhi Chief Minister, has reportedly turned down her Congress party's proposal to field her as the chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh, where elections will be held early next year.
Sources say Ms Dikshit has told the party that she does not want to be the face for the Uttar Pradesh polls, an idea that had been put forth by strategist Prashant Kishor.
Mr Kishor had reportedly proposed Ms Dikshit as a Brahmin face in Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier this month, the three-term chief minister met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the proposal.
Ms Dikshit had been noncommittal after the meeting, saying: "Nothing to report."
Sources said Sonia Gandhi offered her two options - the UP job or heading the party's Punjab campaign after senior leader Kamal Nath quit that assignment amid controversy.