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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress will likely officially announce the candidates for Amethi and Raebareli Lok Sabha seats today, May 2. The anticipation is high as the names of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are being speculated for the Amethi and Raebareli seats, respectively. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh has hinted that the final decision rests with the Gandhi siblings.

Jairam Ramesh mentioned that Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi‘s candidature from the Amethi and Raebareli seats would be ‘their personal choice’. He further revealed that the Congress party is expected to unveil the names of the candidates for the Raebareli and Amethi Lok Sabha seats by this evening. 

The deadline to file nominations for Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections 2024 ends today. 

Jairam Ramesh mentioned that both Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi are star campaigners who have extensively campaigned throughout the country for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024. 

“The CEC has given the entire responsibility to the party president, and I believe there will be an official announcement by evening today. We want Rahul Gandhi to contest from Amethi and Priyanka Gandhi from Raebareli, but they have to hold election campaigns across the country.” Jairam Ramesh told ANI

“Both of them are our star campaigners, but the CEC, Congress organization, and Congress workers want Rahul Gandhi to contest from Amethi and Priyanka Gandhi from Raebareli. However, it is their personal choice. They have to decide,” Jairam Ramesh added.

Amethi and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh are considered Congress strongholds, even though Rahul Gandhi lost the Amethi seat to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. 

According to PTI reports, Rahul Gandhi was not keen on the idea of sister Priyanka Gandhi making her debut into electoral politics via Amethi. The report adds that Rahul Gandhi has been reluctant to consider Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of dynasty politics against the Congress leadership.

The PTI report adds that Rahul Gandhi also wants to avoid any of the Gandhi family members in parliament.

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was the MP for the Amethi seat. However, Sonia Gandhi has moved on to the Rajya Sabha, leaving the Amethi seat vacant. 

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Published: 02 May 2024, 04:49 PM IST

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