Flanked by his family, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency Saturday.
Before filing the papers, Rahul and sister Priyanka Vadra held a road show for 40 km. A huge crowd showered rose petals on the siblings as they waved from an open-top vehicle and shook hands with people.
Earlier, Rahul landed at Amhat airfield in Sultanpur with mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka, brother-in-law Robert Vadra and Priyanka’s daughter Miraya.
For filing his nomination, Rahul chose his four proposers carefully, one each from Scheduled Caste, OBC, Minority, and upper caste. They included Congress MLA from Jagdishpur reserved constituency Radhey Shyam Kanaujiya, Congress leaders Raj Narayan Yadav, Mohd Naeem, and former city president Prem Narayan Tiwari.
Rahul is seeking a re-election for the third consecutive time from Amethi, which goes to polls on May 7. “I have family relations with the people of Amethi and I am sure of a good victory,” he said. He is up against BJP’s Smriti Irani and AAP’s Kumar Vishwas, both of whom are in the fray from Amethi for the first time.
“I have worked here for 10 years. There are three big things that have been done. About 10 lakh women have been empowered through self-help groups. We have started the process of setting up a food park, and we have connected Amethi with the national highways and railway line,” Rahul said.
After the road show, Priyanka held meetings with party workers from Amethi as well as Sultanpur at the Munshiganj guest house later in the day.
The Sultanpur meeting is significant given that the Gandhi family has been avoiding interference in the neighbouring constituency that was represented by Sanjay Sinh who was sent to the Rajya Sabha recently. Besides, Rahul’s cousin Varun Gandhi is BJP candidate from Sultanpur this time.
Sources inform that Sanjay Sinh and his wife Amita, who is the Congress candidate from Sultanpur, were also present in the meeting, seen as an attempt by Rahul and Priyanka to mobilise workers in favour of Amita.
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