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Will Gandhis contest Lok Sabha polls from Amethi, Raebareli?

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Senior Congress leader AK Antony hinted on Wednesday that either former party president Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka would contest from a Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to the media, Antony, former Union Minister, asserted that a member of the Nehru family will contest from Uttar Pradesh. “You wait for the decision of Amethi and Raebareli,” Antony added.

Notably, the Congress party is yet to announce candidates for Amethi and Raebareili. Antony’s statement came amid the delay from the Congress in announcing candidates for these two seats, once considered the bastions of the Gandhi family. Sonia Gandhi, who represented Raebareli in the Lok Sabha since 2004, has moved to the Upper House of Parliament, while her son Rahul Gandhi was defeated in the last general elections by the BJP’s Smriti Irani in Amethi. As of now, Rahul Gandhi has filed his nomination only from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency.

AK Antony on Robert Vadra
When questioned about the possibility of Robert Vadra being a candidate, Antony said that would not be the case. The former Defence Minister further emphasized that secular parties across the nation have “full faith” in the Gandhi family.

Amethi may brace for another interesting contest if Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi is fielded up against Union Minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani from Amethi. In the 2019 general elections, Irani had defeated Rahul in his bastion by 55,120 votes. Irani had lost to Rahul in the 2014 polls, however, she cultivated her popularity on the ground in the next five years, giving a jolt to the Congress with her historic win.

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