Sonia Gandhi To Contest From Congress Bastion In Rae Bareli: Sources


Sonia Gandhi will contest from Rae Bareli for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, say sources.

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

Sonia Gandhi will contest from Rae Bareli for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, say sources.

This means, contrary to what was believed, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will not contest from Rae Bareli.

Amidst speculations of poor health, Sonia Gandhi will contest from Rae Bareli. She will be contesting as cadres said that they needed the image of Sonia Gandhi to go to polls.

For the general elections Amethi will be contested by Rahul Gandhi, Rae Bareli by Sonia Gandhi. There is no information on whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will contest or not.

Gandhi Vadra had joined the Congress as the General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) in January. She took charge earlier in February.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had party workers from Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand region on Monday that they should not expect a "miracle" from her and the party's performance depends on its booth-level organisation.

The AICC General Secretary Uttar Pradesh East warned the party workers that anyone found indulging in anti-party activities will be shown the door, a leader who attended the meeting said.

She asked the Congress workers to strengthen the booth-level organisation of the party.

"I cannot do a miracle from above, the workers need to strengthen the party at the booth level and I need your support for strengthening the party in the state," the leader quoted Priyanka Gandhi as saying during the meeting.

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Earlier in January, workers from Varanasi unit in Uttar Pradesh had demanded that she be projected as the main face of the Congress campaign in the state.

They also demanded that she be projected as a candidate contesting from Varanasi for the Lok Sabha polls against PM Narendra Modi.

Sources said that the workers wanted Gandhi Vadra to be projected as a big leader who can fight PM Narendra Modi defeating him in a huge margin. They also demanded that Gandhi Vadra be given bigger responsibility.

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