Priyanka, not Sonia, may contest next LS poll from Rae Bareli

Priyanka, not Sonia, may contest next LS poll from Rae Bareli

Courtesy : SPECIAL REPORT09/08/2018 10:12

After handing over the Congress presidentship to son Rahul Gandhi after heading the 132-year-old party for the last 19 years, Sonia Gandhi is now planning to hand over her constituency Rai Bareli to daughter Priyanka Gandhi.

The Congress has not announced it yet but Priyanka Gandhi is likely to contest the next Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli, as Sonia might not seek re-election, sources said.

Congress sources said a closed-door meeting was held in the last week of July. In this meeting, Sonia asked Priyanka to prepare herself for the upcoming general election. Sonia offered her seat Rae Bareli to Priyanka for the next election. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also asked her sister to fight from Rae Bareli.

The Congress faced historic defeat in 2014 general elections. The party won only two seats from UP. One from Amethi represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and second from Rae Bareli represented by Sonia Gandhi. When contacted one of the senior most Congress leaders said to the News Junction, “Now Sonia is keeping herself away from political decision of the party. She rarely speaks to leaders about any decision. The party is completely controlled by her son Rahul, so now there is possibility that Sonia may leave her seat for her daughter. Her health issue may be the reason. Loksabha election and later Assembly election are slated to be held in UP

 The Congress, BSP and the SP are also planning to make grand alliance to take on the BJP in the State for upcoming Assembly elections. Other political leaders also feel that if Priyanka will fight from Rae Bareli, it will not only help the Congress but also alliance partners. Priyanka has followers and mass appeal across UP.

If Priyanka joins active politics then there will be two power centres in the Congress. When asked this question to one senior Congress leader, who is closely associated with Sonia, he said, “It is not possible as Rahul is controlling Congress completely. Priyanka may contribute in some areas. Definitely Priyanka’s presence will help party and boost energy in workers”.

Congress party workers have already decided to step up their campaign. They believe that Priyanka Gandhi is more like Indira Gandhi and can give tough competition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party workers demanded on several occasions that Priyanka must contest the election on a Congress ticket.

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