As Congress first family seems to be in defensive in their fortress Amethi and Raebareli Lok Sabha constituencies, today, they are planning a `mega family show’ in both the constituencies in a bid to regain both the prestigious seats once again.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Amethi and Raebareli to conduct road shows. Voting in Amethi and Raebareli is scheduled on May 6 in the fifth phase. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
While Sonia and Priyanka will stay in Rae Bareli, Rahul will head to his bastion Amethi. District unit president of Congress, Anil Singh, said that Rahul Gandhi will hold road shows in Tiloi and Salon Vidhan Sabha segments during his stay.
The Congress chief will also address nukkad sabhas during the road show. Notably, the Congress president is seeking re-election from the constituency and is involved in a direct fight with BJP’s Smriti Irani.
Amethi is considered a bastion of the Congress. The seat has remained mostly with the Congress since 1980. The parliamentary seat of Amethi was first represented by Sanjay Gandhi between 1979-81. After his death in a plane crash, his elder brother Rajiv Gandhi represented the seat till 1991. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, his wife Sonia Gandhi contested from the seat in 1999 and won. Since 2004 the seat is being represented by Rahul Gandhi.