Amethi to see Rahul Gandhi file his nomination today

Congress president Rahul Gandhi was elected MP from Amethi in 2004, 2009 and 2014 with drastically reduced victory margin

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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is filing his nomination papers on Wednesday to contest in the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. It will be preceded by his roadshow in the constituency.

Congress workers were busy till late last evening to gather a huge crowd at the roadshow. Gandhi is contesting for the Amethi seat for the fourth time. He was elected MP from this town in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

In this election, Gandhi is contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad as well.

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Congress district unit spokesman Anil Singh said on Tuesday that the Congress president will file his nomination papers on Wednesday but, before that, lead a roadshow. He said that, while filing nomination papers, Gandhi’s mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will accompany him.

The Congress president will lead a roadshow that would cover a 3 km stretch between Gauriganj and Munshiganj before filing his nomination papers.

Significantly, Rahul has been representing Amethi for the last 15 years. Like in the 2014 election, he is facing BJP’s Smriti Irani as the strongest challenger to his power.

In the 2014 election, Smriti was defeated by Rahul but with a huge reduction in the victory margin. Gandhi’s margin of victory in 2004 was 2,90,853 votes. In 2009, he won by 3,70,198 votes. For these two elections, his main challenger was the BSP. In the previous episode, the margin was 1,07,903.

While Kumar Vishwas of the AAP, who had claimed more than 25,000 votes in 2014, is no longer in the fray, the outcome of the election in this constituency depends also on how many votes the BSP candidate gets this time. The BSP has performed respectably here since the political debut of Gandhi.

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Smriti Irani will file her nomination from Amethi Lok Sabha seat on 11 April. BJP district president Durgesh Tripathi said that Irani was earlier slated to file her nomination papers on 17 April. However, due to a holiday, she will now file her nomination papers on 11 April.

The district administration has made strict security arrangements in view of these two VVIP nominations. The constituency of Amethi will be subjected to voting on 6 May in the fifth phase of this Lok Sabha election.