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Sonia files nomination, Rahul attacks PM

IANS  |  Rai Bareli (Uttar Pradesh) 

UPA and filed her nomination papers for the seat in on Thursday and declared that was not invincible.

Rahul Gandhi, who accompanied his mother Sonia Gandhi, again mounted a blistering attack on the

"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."

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

told reporters that she was confident of the love of the people of

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

was also accompanied by and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi, her husband and their children.

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

Thousands of supporters and party workers carrying party flags and cut-outs of their leaders were a part of the show of strength.

After filing her nomination papers, Sonia Gandhi visited the home of late Maulana Ali Miyan, a She also held a meeting with party workers

Sonia Gandhi is trying to retain the seat for the fifth time. She had won the seat in 2004, 2006 (by-polls), 2009 and 2014.

In 2014, there were 15.94 lakh voters in the constituency and the poll percentage was 51.73 per cent, in which Sonia Gandhi had got 5,26,434 votes.

Rae Bareli will vote in the fifth-phase on May 6 and will see a straight contest between Sonia Gandhi and Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after leaving

The and the have not fielded any candidate in this

It is noteworthy that since 1957, has won the seat 19 times, including three by-elections, and lost the seat only thrice - 1977, 1996 and 1998.

In 1977, after Emergency, Bhartiya Lok Dal's had defeated the then prime minister and in 1996 and 1998 BJP candidate had won the seat. Sonia Gandhi was not in the fray then.

The seat has been held mostly by members of the Nehru-Gandhi family including Feroze Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and in the past.

Meanwhile, a green light was seen pointing to Rahul Gandhi's while he interacted with the media. This was seen later in the video recordings and the Congress promptly demanded an inquiry into this security lapse.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:32 IST