Rahul likely to retain Rae Bareli constituency

Gandhi defeated BJP’s Rae Bareli candidate, Dinesh Pratap Singh by a margin of 390,030 votes.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: As the suspense over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s choice of constituency between Rae Bareli and Wayanad continues, sources said that Rahul Gandhi may stick to Rae Bareli and let go of Wayanad.

According to sources, the party leadership feels that as the Congress made an impressive comeback in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh with six seats in its kitty and increased vote share, Rahul’s presence in the state will have a cascading effect on the assembly elections in 2027.

“The party also feels that if Rahul Gandhi vacates Rae Bareli, there will be a by-election. In that case, the ruling BJP government at the state and the Centre will not leave any stone unturned to defeat the candidate, who will be contesting. It is a prestigious seat for the Gandhi family and the leadership doesn’t want any gamble at this point,” said the source, adding that the party hasn’t decided whom to field from Wayanad.

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Gandhi defeated BJP’s Rae Bareli candidate, Dinesh Pratap Singh by a margin of 390,030 votes. In his second seat Wayanad, Gandhi defeated CPI’s Annie Raja by a margin of 364,422 votes.

“Moreover, Rae Bareli is the only Lok Sabha seat Congress won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in UP. And it is a prestigious one for the party,” said the leader.

Having won both seats, Gandhi has been facing the difficult question of choosing between the two as the rule says that if a person is elected from two constituencies, he has to resign from one of them within 14 days of the results, failing which both the seats will fall vacant. This will trigger a by-election in the vacated constituency.

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