Amethi, April 10: Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday filed his nomination for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, a seat represented by him for more than 14 years. The nomination comes after Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from the second seat, Wayanad in Kerala, in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 beginning on April 11, Thursday. Rahul Gandhi to Contest From Wayanad: Furious CPM Vows to Defeat Congress President in Lok Sabha Election 2019.
Rahul was accompanied by his mother and UPA (United Progressive Alliance) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, sister and the party's east Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra for filing nominations. Before filing papers, Rahul Gandhi held a 3-kilometre road show from Munshiganj-Darpipur to Gauriganj.Rahul Gandhi Calls BJP Manifesto for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 ‘Short-Sighted and Arrogant’.
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In the roadshow, Rahul was accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi along with her husband Robert Vadra, son Raihan and daughter Miraya.Amethi Lok Sabha Constituency in Uttar Pradesh: Candidates, Current MP, Polling Date and Election Results 2019.
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Last week, Rahul Gandhi filed nomination from Wayanad seat and said he is contesting a seat from South India to give a message of unity. Gandhi's decision to contest from the second seat gained judgments from BJP who said that Congress president is "running away" because he's unsure of his prospect in Amethi.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Smriti Irani lost to Rahul Gandhi but drew attention by reducing Congress bastion's win margin. In the last five years, Irani has repeatedly visited Amethi and launched central government programs like the assault rifle production unit for which the foundation stone was laid by PM Narendra Modi. Amethi will go into polls in phase 5 on May 6, 2019.