Sonia will contest from Rae Bareli in 2019 LS polls, says daughter Priyanka

Sonia will contest from Rae Bareli in 2019 LS polls, says daughter Priyanka

The Congress clarified that Sonia Gandhi was only retiring as the Congress president and not from active politics

By: || Updated: 16 Dec 2017 05:25 PM

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New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra on Saturday put to rest the speculation over her contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Rae Bareli. She said that her mother Sonia Gandhi would again be in a contest from the Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Rae Bareli is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who passed part leadership post to her son Rahul Gandhi.

There is a speculation in the media over Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra assuming an active role in politics since Sonia Gandhi indicated her "retirement" on Friday.

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The Congress had, however, clarified that Sonia Gandhi was only retiring as the Congress president and not from active politics.

"There is no question of me contesting (the 2019 polls)...my mother will contest from there (Rae Bareli)," Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra said after Rahul Gandhi assumed charge as Congress president at an event at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters here.

She also appreciated her mother, calling her the "bravest" woman for overcoming huge difficulties during her record 19-year tenure as the Congress chief.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (from Amethi) are the only two Congress representatives from Uttar Pradesh in the current Lok Sabha.

(with input from agencies)
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