Congress Strategizes Candidate Selection for Key Uttar Pradesh Seats

Amid preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, sources indicate that Rahul Gandhi is poised to contest from Raebareli, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to enter the electoral fray from Amethi. These decisions form part of the Congress party’s strategy to regain political ground in Uttar Pradesh.

Candidate Selection Pending Announcement

As of now, the Congress party has not officially declared its candidates for the Raebareli and Amethi constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. However, sources suggest that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are being considered for these key seats.

Nomination Filing Deadline

With the deadline for filing nominations approaching on Friday, the party is gearing up for the nomination process in both Raebareli and Amethi. These constituencies are scheduled for polling on May 20, marking the fifth phase of the seven-phase general elections.

Historical Significance of the Seats

Raebareli and Amethi hold significant historical importance for the Congress party, as they have traditionally been bastions of the Gandhi-Nehru family. These constituencies have seen several members of the family represent them in the past.

BJP Announces Candidate for Raebareli

In response to the Congress’s moves, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Dinesh Pratap Singh as its candidate from Raebareli. Singh had previously contested against Sonia Gandhi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Potential Contestants for Amethi

Reports suggest that Kishori Lal, a loyalist of the Gandhi family, is likely to be fielded from Amethi. Notably, Rahul Gandhi lost the Amethi seat to BJP’s Smriti Irani in the 2019 elections, marking a significant electoral shift.

Likelihood of Sonia Gandhi’s Participation

If Rahul Gandhi decides to contest from Raebareli, Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi is expected to attend his nomination process. This underscores the family’s continued involvement and influence in electoral politics.

Historical Context

The Amethi constituency has been represented by Rahul Gandhi since 2004, while Raebareli was Sonia Gandhi’s stronghold from 2004 to 2024. These seats have a legacy of being associated with the Gandhi-Nehru family, reflecting their enduring political significance.

Continuity in Political Legacy

With Rahul Gandhi currently representing Kerala’s Wayanad constituency, the potential candidature from Raebareli and Amethi reflects a continuity in the family’s political legacy. These constituencies have witnessed successive generations of the Gandhi-Nehru family serving as their elected representatives.

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