Party responds to BJP candidate Aditi Singh’s comment that UP constituency no longer a Congress stronghold
The Congress believes that if the party’s general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, participates in Raebareli (Sadar) in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, she will win a landslide victory. This came in response to a challenge posed by the BJP, claiming that Raebareli is no longer the strength of the Congress.
Former MP Aditi Singh, who left Congress last year to join the BJP, had earlier said News18.com that Congress no longer enjoyed an advantage in Raebareli. She further challenged Priyanka to compete from that seat. Aditi Singh’s father, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, had held the Assembly seat for five terms, first as an independent and later as Congress leader. He died in 2019 and his daughter is now vying for a BJP ticket from the seat.
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Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi is the MP for Raebareli Lok Sabha Constituency, of which the Raebareli Assembly Seat is a part.
Responding to Aditi Singh’s challenge, UP Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi insisted that Raebareli was the “home” of the Gandhi family. The townspeople are linked to the Nehru-Gandhi family not only politically but also emotionally, he said. Priyanka, who has always managed Sonia’s election campaign, will win the seat hands down if she contests, he added.
However, Aditi Singh said that Congress tended to take the residents of Raebareli and Amethi for granted as another stronghold of Congress. It can be recalled that Rahul Gandhi lost the seat of Amethi in UP to Smriti Irani of BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He however won at Wayanad in Kerala and thus retained his MP title.
There has been increased speculation about Priyanka entering the election fray after she recently dropped a hint. Asked about the CM face of Congress for UP, she said, “Do you see another face in UP on the Congress side? Don’t you see my visible face everywhere?
Assembly elections will be held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh, starting February 10. The results will be announced on March 10.