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Lok Sabha Polls 2024 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to contest from Raebareli ; KL Sharma from Amethi

Raebareli and Amethi are traditional strongholds of the Gandhi-Nehru family, with its members holding these seats for decades

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 03rd 2024 08:08 AM -- Updated: May 03rd 2024 02:47 PM
Lok Sabha Polls 2024 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to contest from Raebareli ; KL Sharma from Amethi

Lok Sabha Polls 2024 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to contest from Raebareli ; KL Sharma from Amethi

Lok Sabha Polls 2024 :  Congress on Friday released another crucial list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024 and picked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from the Raebareli. 

Rahul Gandhi is pitted against the BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh.


Rahul currently represents Wayanad in the Lok Sabha while Smriti Irani is bidding for a fresh term from Amethi. Raebareli was held by Sonia Gandhi who became a member of Rajya Sabha.

The Congress party has also named Kishori Lal Sharma, a party loyalist from Amethi, the seat Rahul Gandhi lost in the 2019 general elections to BJP leader Smriti Irani.

Friday is the last date for filing nominations for the seats that will go to polls on May 20 in the fifth round of the seven-phase general elections.

Raebareli, the constituency was held by Sonia Gandhi who became a member of the Rajya Sabha.

The party has won the Congress bastion in all but three Lok Sabha elections since 1951. Before Sonia Gandhi, former PM Indira Gandhi had won from Raebareli three times. The constituency also elected Indira's husband and Congress leader Feroze Gandhi twice, in 1952 and 1957. A member of the Nehru-Gandhi family has not contested the seat just twice, in 1962 and 1999.

Both constituencies are traditional strongholds of the Gandhi-Nehru family, with its members holding these seats for decades.

Notably, Rahul represented Amethi in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2019. His father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, too, was an elected member of Amethi in the Lower House from 1981 till his death in 1991. Sonia Gandhi contested elections from here in 1999 before passing the baton on to Rahul in 2004.

 Rahul's defeat in Amethi, once considered a Congress 'pocket borough', at the hands of Smriti Irani in the 2019 polls was seen as a significant blow to the party's national prestige.

- With inputs from agencies

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