Postal votes are being counted in Amethi, EVMs still not been opened. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is trailing.
Rahul is contesting from two seats Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala and faces a tough challenge from Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Smriti Irani.
In Wayanad, though, he may have an easier run.
Since the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance did not field a candidate in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, it was a direct contest between Rahul Gandhi and Irani.
The contest is expected to be close since Irani led an aggressive campaign. She has constantly accused the Congress president, who is the constituency’s sitting MP, of ignoring Amethi.
Gandhi did not visit the constituency even on the day of polling, giving Irani the opportunity to repeat that the missing MP had betrayed residents.
Amethi has been a Congress party stronghold since its formation as a Lok Sabha constituency in 1967 election.
In Rae Bareli, Sonia Gandhi is leading as well.