Thursday, May 23, 2019

Election Results 2019: Rahul Gandhi Trails Smriti Irani In Amethi, Big Trouble For Congress

Lok Sabha elections 2019 results Amethi: Smriti Irani campaigned aggressively in Amethi, where she had contested and lost to Rahul Gandhi in 2014 but had managed to reduce his winning margin to one lakh
  Election Results 2019: Rahul Gandhi Trails Smriti Irani In Amethi, Big Trouble For Congress
Amethi Election Result Updates: Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani seeing close fight in Amethi




Congress president Rahul Gandhi fought his toughest battle yet in Amethi, the constituency in Uttar Pradesh that he has been winning effortlessly since 2004, as votes were counted on Thursday for the national election. He was trailing Smriti Irani of the BJP in one of the most crushing blows for the Congress in this election.

Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, where he is leading.


But losing Amethi will be seen as a huge loss of face for the 48-year-old politician, whose leadership of the Congress is also being called to question after the party's defeat.
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Amethi, a dusty, largely rural constituency around 130 km from UP capital Lucknow, has rarely looked beyond the Congress or the Gandhi family.
"TsuNAMO TsunAMI NaMo 2.0 Dhanyawad Bharat #VijayiBharat," tweeted Smriti Irani, who campaigned aggressively in Amethi. In 2014, she had lost to Rahul Gandhi from Amethi but had managed to reduce his winning margin to one lakh. That should have served as enough warning for the Congress that it could not take the constituency for granted.
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Smriti Irani campaigned aggressively in Amethi, where she had contested and lost to Rahul Gandhi in 2014
Smriti Irani kept visiting the constituency regularly over the past five years and virtually stationed herself in Amethi during her campaign.

If Rahul Gandhi is trailing in his strong turf Amethi, it speaks volumes of where the Congress stands today.
Rahul Gandhi, his party's chief campaigner across India, hardly went to his constituency in the run-up to the polls. He was accused by the BJP of neglecting Amethi.
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At the height of the election campaign, the Congress president visited Amethi only once, when he held a roadshow before filing his nomination papers. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigned in Amethi and her mother Sonia Gandhi's Raebareli and visited the constituencies several times.
Rahul Gandhi's struggle is telling in a Congress stronghold that has remained with the Gandhi family for decades.
The Congress has not lost the seat in the last three decades, except in 1998.
Amethi, one of the only two Congress seats in 80-seat Uttar Pradesh along with Sonia Gandhi's Raebareli, will be a big acquisition for the BJP if the trends continue.-ndtv



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