Sonia Gandhi files nomination in Rae Bareli

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Sonia Gandhi files nomination in Rae Bareli

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Thursday embarked on a roadshow here before filing nomination papers for Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. She also offered puja at the Congress’ central office here before starting the roadshow. Sonia Gandhi, who trying to get re-elected from the seat the fifth time in a row, was accompanied by son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and son-in-law Robert Vadra.sonia filing

The seat, where voting will be held in the fifth-phase on May 6, will see a straight contest between the former Congress chief Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after leaving the Congress.

The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have not fielded any candidate in this Congress bastion. Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 2004, 2006 (bypolls), 2009 and 2014.

Sonia Gandhi is fighting for a fourth straight term from Raebareli, which has voted her since 2004, when she vacated Amethi for son Rahul’s debut election. Before filing her nomination, she sat for an elaborate puja with her children Rahul and Priyanka, and later took out a roadshow.sonia-gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not invincible, Sonia Gandhi told reporters after filing her papers. “Don’t forget 2004,” she said, reminding the media of her party Congress taking power despite widespread predictions of a BJP victory. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who led a BJP government in 1996, 1998 and 1999, suffered a shock defeat in 2004, despite predictions that he would win another term riding on an “India Shining” campaign.

Sonia Gandhi, who was Congress president at the time, turned down her party leaders’ appeals to take office – amid strong protests by the BJP and other parties over a foreign-born Prime Minister – and named Dr Manmohan Singh for the top job.
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This time in Raebareli, she is contesting against Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after leaving the Congress. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have not fielded a candidate in the Congress bastion.

-PTI |11 April 2019 |  Rae Bareli