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Sonia Files Nomination From Rae Bareli, Smriti Irani From Amethi

11 April 2019


Uttar Pradesh: UPA Chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi filed her nomination papers for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday and declared that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not invincible.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who accompanied his mother Sonia Gandhi, again mounted a blistering attack on the Prime Minister. 

"There have been many people in Indian history who had the arrogance to believe that they are invincible and bigger than the people of the country," he said. 

"Modi has done nothing for the people in the past five years and his invincibility will be there for all to see after elections."

Rahul Gandhi reiterated his challenge for a debate with the Prime Minister and said that he was ready to go over to the Race Course Road if Modi wanted.

Sonia Gandhi told reporters that she was confident of the love of the people of Rae Bareli.

Asked whether she believed that Modi was invincible, she said "Remember 2004. Vajpayeeji was (considered) invincible but we won."

Sonia Gandhi was also accompanied by Congress General Secretary and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi, her husband Robert Vadra and their children.

They earlier performed a 'havan' at the Congress office before the roadshow.

On the otheer hand, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani, who is contesting against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

Irani filed the nomination at the District Magistrate's office in Gauriganj. She was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Earlier, she held a four-kilometre roadshow, cheered by supporters.

Irani earlier left the guest house at Gauriganj, the district headquarters of Amethi, along with her husband Zubin Irani.

On her way, she prayed at a temple and then went straight to participate in a puja organised at the BJP office here.

Smriti Irani is contesting against the Congress President for a second time.

In 2014, despite a Modi wave, she lost to Gandhi by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes.

On Wednesday, the Congress President filed his nomination from Amethi and held a road show in the city.

Amethi is considered a bastion of the Congress. The seat has remained mostly with the Congress since 1980.