Rahul to file nomination from Amethi today

Lucknow: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will today file his nomination for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, a Gandhi citadel in Uttar Pradesh he has represented for the last 14 years.

Rahul will be accompanied by his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi for the filing of the papers, Congress district unit spokesman Anil Singh said.

The Congress chief will undertake a 3-km road show from Munshiganj-Darpipur to Gauriganj before filing the nomination, he said.

In the 2014 general elections, Irani was defeated by Rahul Gandhi by over one lakh votes.

This time, the Congress president is contesting from two Lok sabha constituencies.

Congress leader Nadeem Ashraf Jaisi said they will welcome their leaders in Amethi by showering flowers on them. “The party workers are excited about Rahul Gandhi’s nomination.”

Last Thursday, Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad in Kerala and said he was contesting from a seat in South India as well to send a message of unity.

Rahul Gandhi, who has been representing the constituency for the past 15 years, will this time again face BJP’s Smriti Irani who is likely to file her nomination papers a day later on Thursday.