Rahul Gandhi to Decide on Amethi or Rae Bareli Candidacy After Wayanad Voting

Rahul Gandhi to decide on contesting 2024 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi or Rae Bareli after April 26 vote in Wayanad. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest from Rae Bareli, while Robert Vadra's candidature from Amethi is also speculated.

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Rahul Gandhi to Decide on Amethi or Rae Bareli Candidacy After Wayanad Voting

Rahul Gandhi to Decide on Amethi or Rae Bareli Candidacy After Wayanad Voting

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to make a decision on contesting the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from either Amethi or Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh after casting his vote in Wayanad, Kerala on April 26. Gandhi, who is currently the sitting MP from Wayanad, had faced defeat in his traditional stronghold of Amethi at the hands of BJP's Smriti Irani in the 2019 general elections.

Sources within the Congress party indicate that the final decision on Gandhi's candidacy will be announced following the voting in Wayanad. The nomination deadline for the Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies is May 3, with both seats set to vote in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 20.

Speculation has been rife about the potential candidates for the two Uttar Pradesh seats, which have been traditional bastions of the Nehru-Gandhi family. While Rahul Gandhi is considering contesting from Amethi once again, there are reports that his sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, might be fielded from Rae Bareli, the seat vacated by their mother, Sonia Gandhi, who has chosen to reach Parliament through the Rajya Sabha route.

Adding to the intrigue, posters have been spotted outside the Congress party office in Amethi, suggesting that Gandhi's brother-in-law, Robert Vadra, could potentially contest from the constituency. However, the party has not made any official announcements regarding the candidatures.

As part of the seat-sharing agreement between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress will contest 17 seats, while the Samajwadi Party will field candidates in the remaining 63 constituencies. The Congress is also exploring the possibility of contesting from new seats like Varanasi, Ghaziabad, and Kanpur, beyond its traditional strongholds.

Why this matters:

The Amethi constituency, in particular, is expected to witness a high-stakes battle, with Union Minister Smriti Irani likely to be fielded again by the BJP. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Irani had emerged victorious, defeating Rahul Gandhi in his own bastion. A potential rematch between the two prominent figures would be a prestige battle that could define the poll narrative for both the Congress and the BJP.

Key Takeaways

  • Rahul Gandhi to decide on contesting from Amethi or Rae Bareli after April 26 vote.
  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest from Rae Bareli, Sonia Gandhi's former seat.
  • Robert Vadra's name surfaces as potential Congress candidate from Amethi.
  • Congress-SP seat-sharing agreement: Congress to contest 17 seats in UP.
  • Amethi to witness high-stakes battle between Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani.