Rahul Gandhi to contest from Rae Bareli, K.L. Sharma from Amethi

Amethi and Rae Bareli hold immense significance as traditional Congress strongholds in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi’s tenure representing Amethi for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2019 solidified the party’s stronghold in the region, until his defeat against Smriti Irani.

Notably, prior to Rahul Gandhi, the legacy of Amethi was carried forward by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who held the seat from 1999 to 2004.

The seat had previously been represented by Sanjay Gandhi (Rahul Gandhi’s uncle) and Rajiv Gandhi (his father).

Rae Bareli, meanwhile, has been represented by Sonia Gandhi for nearly two decades now, from 2004 to 2024.

Earlier this year, Sonia Gandhi announced her decision to refrain from contesting the Lok Sabha elections, citing health concerns, and transitioned to a Rajya Sabha seat instead.

The Congress has forged an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh as part of the INDIA bloc and is contesting 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

With inputs from PTI.

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