UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today asserted that she does not think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is invincible. “Not at all. Don’t forget 2004. Vajpayee Ji was invincible, but we won,” she told reporters in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli from where she filed the nomination papers for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 earlier in the day.
Sonia Gandhi is seeking re-election from Rae Bareli for the fifth time in a row. She was referring to the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, when the BJP-led ruling coalition had run an aggressive campaign with “Shining India” slogan. But the Congress-led alliance defeated the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2004 polls.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi elaborated her remark saying, “There have been many people in the Indian history who had the arrogance to believe that they are invincible and bigger than the people of India. Narendra Modi has done nothing for the people of India in the last five years. His invincibility will be in view after the election results.”
Sonia Gandhi, 72, offered puja, following a 50-year-old tradition of the family before filing her papers for the Lok Sabha polls. She performed a havan at the residence of late Congress leader Gaya Prasad Shukla. Shukla was a close associate of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and used to be her election representative in Rae Bareli when she contested Lok Sabha polls from this constituency.
Earlier in the day, the UPA Chairperson embarked on a 700-metre roadshow before filing nomination papers for Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. She was also accompanied by son Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and son-in-law Robert Vadra.
The seat, where voting will be held in the fifth-phase on May 6, will see a straight contest between the former Congress chief and Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after leaving the Congress.