Raebareli, Amethi not just constituencies for us: Rahul Gandhi

In the over six-minute video, Sonia Gandhi says she began visiting Amethi in 1982 when the Congress would go there to hold medical camps, and several doctors from Delhi would always work there and offer help.

“Panditji (Jawaharlal Nehru) started his political career from the area in 1921 and farmer leader Baba Ram Chandra shared his grief with Panditji. Rahul’s grandfather Feroze Gandhi was the MP from Raebareli in 1952,” Sonia Gandhi said, adding that after his passing, Rahul’s grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi began representing Raebareli.

“We used to go from village to village during weddings or deaths and even visited during floods or droughts. They accepted me immediately and I shared a relationship like a daughter and daughter-in-law,” she said.

Rahul said, “Our family has a relationship of over 100 years with Amethi and Rae Bareli,” adding that his great-grandfather began his politics against the British from Raebareli.

He also said during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government’s tenure, people of the area had come to them when an ITI was being shut down in Raebareli and said, “we worked hard to save it as we wanted to save that technological spirit in the area”.

“In 1982, when my father went there, he worked hard and initiated a lot of development work and transformed Amethi completely. In Raebareli, my grandmother initiated a lot of development and it was ahead of Amethi. But when my father went to Amethi, he ushered in a lot of developmental work and then it looked as if Amethi was ahead of Raebareli,” he also said.

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