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Sonia Gandhi files nomination, aims for fifth win from Rae Bareli

Press Trust of India  |  Rae Bareli (UP) 

Thursday filed her nomination from with her son and and daughter Priyanka Vadra by her side.

After a brief road show, the went to the collectorate to file her papers with a large number of supporters carrying party flags and banners cheering her all along the route.

Before starting the road show, she offered puja' at office where her and grandson were also present.

The former Congress is aiming for a fifth victory from the parliamentary constituency, in a straight contest against Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after quitting her party.

reminded reporters about the 2004 parliamentary elections, when most observers falsely predicted that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA will return to power.

Along the road show route, enthusiastic Congress workers from all assembly segments under the Amethi seat came out in strength to support her.

Sonia Gandhi, 72, clad in a red handloom saree and bearing a tilak on her forehead, came out of her SUV to wave at the crowd.

Braving the sun, Congress supporters had waited along Kutchery Road since the morning.

Local women displayed party flags. A group of students and teachers from stood under a tree, carrying banners with pictures of Congress leaders.

Dancing and waving flags to the beat of drums, party workers raised slogans calling for a change of government, and mocking the turncoat BJP candidate.

They chanted Takht badal do taaj badal do, beimaano ka raj badal do" and "Dal badalu phasey shikanjey mein, mohar lagegi panjey par".

Shandilya Muni, who had donned a saffron scarf and claimed to be the of Shankaracharya Prayag Peeth, evoked interest among the crowd.

Congress supporters also waved massive flags that portrayed and industrialist embracing each other.

has alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal, saying Ambani benefitted from it, a charge repeatedly denied by the Centre and the business house.

People from Priyanka Youth Front squatted on the road. They wore shirts with the picture of

Party workers had even installed devices that showered flower petals on party leaders. Stalls distributed water packets to workers.

Polling in will be held in the fifth phase on May 6.

The and the have not fielded any candidate in this

has earlier won the seat in 2004, 2006 bypolls, 2009 and 2014.

Since 1957, the Congress has lost this seat only three times in 1977, 1996 and 1998.

In 1977, after Emergency, the erstwhile Bharatiya Lokdal's defeated BJP candidate won the seat in 1996 and 1998, defeating the Congress.

The Congress has won the seat 19 times, including three bye-elections. The seat has also been represented by Firoze Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Arun Nehru, and Capt in the past.

constituency has five assembly segments -- Bachhrawan, Harchandpur, Rae Bareli, Sareni and Unchahar.

In 2014, the constituency recorded a poll percentage 51.73 per cent, with Sonia Gandhi getting 5,26,434 votes.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 20:30 IST