Rahul Gandhi to Contest from Raebareli, KL Sharma from Amethi in Lok Sabha Elections

Congress announces Rahul Gandhi as candidate for Raebareli and KL Sharma for Amethi in Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi will face BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh in Raebareli, while Sharma will contest against Union Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi.

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Rahul Gandhi toContestfrom Raebareli, KL Sharma from Amethi in Lok Sabha Elections

Rahul Gandhi to Contest from Raebareli, KL Sharma from Amethi in Lok Sabha Elections

The Congress party has officially announced its candidates for the Amethi and Raebareli Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming general elections. Rahul Gandhi, the current Wayanad MP, will contest from the Raebareli seat, while Congress loyalist KL Sharma has been fielded from Amethi. Both Raebareli and Amethi are considered traditional strongholds of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Why this matters: The outcome of theseelections could have far-reaching implications for the political landscape of Uttar Pradesh and the country as a whole, potentially influencing the direction of national policies and governance. The contest in these traditional Congress strongholds also reflects the broader struggle for power and influence between the Congress party and the ruling BJP.

In Raebareli, Rahul Gandhi will face off against Dinesh Pratap Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. The seat was previously held by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul's mother, who has opted out of the Lok Sabha race this year and is now a member of the Rajya Sabha. Raebareli holds immense historical and political significance for the Congress party, being the sole constituency the party managed to secure victory in during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh.

The legacy of the Raebareli seat traces back to 1952 when Feroz Gandhi, a prominent figure in Indian politics and Rahul Gandhi's grandfather, clinched the victory. Over the years, the constituency has been represented by several members of the Nehru-Gandhi family, including Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. A senior Congress leader, who wished to remain anonymous, emphasized the importance of the seat, stating,"Raebareli has been a bastion of the Congress party, with the Gandhi family playing a central role in its political history."

Meanwhile, in Amethi, KL Sharma will take on Union Minister Smriti Irani, the BJP candidate who defeated Rahul Gandhi in the constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Amethi had been a Congress stronghold, with Rahul Gandhi representing the seat since 2004 before his unexpected loss. The BJP has been making inroads into these traditional Congress bastions, and Smriti Irani's victory in Amethi was seen as a major upset for the Congress party and the Gandhi family.

The decision to field Rahul Gandhi and KL Sharma from Raebareli and Amethi, respectively, completes the Congress party's list of candidates for the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies it is contesting in Uttar Pradesh as part of its alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP). The two parties have joined forces as members of the INDIA bloc to take on the ruling BJP in the state. The announcement comes just ahead of the nomination deadline for the fifth phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, with both Raebareli and Amethi set to go to polls on May 20.

Entering their final phases, the Lok Sabha elections will see all eyes on these high-profile contests in Uttar Pradesh. With Rahul Gandhi and KL Sharma in the fray, the Congress party is hoping to regain lost ground and reassert its dominance in these historically significant seats. The outcome of these elections could have far-reaching implications for the political scenario of Uttar Pradesh and the country as a whole.

The BJP, however, remains confident in its ability to retain both Raebareli and Amethi. BJP national secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa criticized Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Raebareli, stating, "Rahul Gandhi is losing from Wayanad, and this is why he is going to contest from Raebareli. Earlier, he accepted defeat from Amethi, now he is running away from Wayanad." Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Keshav Prasad Maurya expressed confidence in the BJP's chances, saying, "Anyone can come as their candidate. We will relish his/her defeat."

The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to conclude on June 1, with the results set to be declared on June 4. The fierce battle for Raebareli and Amethi will undoubtedly be a key focus in the coming weeks, with the Congress party and the BJP vying for supremacy in these pivotal constituencies. The political legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Congress party's future in Uttar Pradesh hang in the balance as voters prepare to cast their ballots.

Key Takeaways

  • Congress party announces Rahul Gandhi as Raebareli candidate and KL Sharma as Amethi candidate.
  • Raebareli and Amethi are traditional strongholds of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
  • Rahul Gandhi will face BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh in Raebareli, while KL Sharma will face Union Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi.
  • The outcome of these elections could influence national policies and governance.
  • The Lok Sabha elections in Raebareli and Amethi are scheduled for May 20.