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‘I am handing over my son to you…he won’t disappoint’: Sonia Gandhi’s emotive appeal to voters in Rae Bareli | India News

NEW DELHI: In her first public address for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader and AICC President Sonia Gandhi made an emotional appeal to the people of Raebareli to support her son Rahul Gandhi, assuring them that “he won’t disappoint them”.
In her return to her former constituency Raebareli, she highlighted the longstanding connection between the Gandhi family and the constituency and recalled the ‘age-old’ roots of the Gandhi family with the people of the constituency.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress candidate from the constituency and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the venue.
Sonia Gandhi expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve as an MP and highlighted the century-old relationship between her family and the region, tracing back to the farmer’s agitation in Awadh and Raebareli. She referenced the teachings and values imparted to her by the people of Raebareli and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which she has passed on to her children, Rahul and Priyanka. She recalled Indira Gandhi’s deep affection for Raebareli and emphasized the principles of respecting all, protecting the weak, and fighting against injustice.
“In Indira Ji’s heart, there was a special place for Raebareli. I have seen her working very closely, she had immense affection for you all. I have given the same teachings to Rahul and Priyanka, that Indira Ji and the people of Raebareli had bestowed upon me; Respect all, protect the weak, fight for people’s rights against injustice, don’t be sacred, because the roots of struggle is very strong,” Sonia Gandhi said at the public meeting.
Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from Raebareli, a seat his mother held for four consecutive terms since 2004 before she transitioned to the Rajya Sabha this year.
In Amethi, another key constituency, the Congress has fielded Kishori Lal Sharma against incumbent MP and Union minister Smriti Irani. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also nominated Nanhe Singh Chauhan for the seat.
Polling in Raebareli and Amethi will take place on May 20 during the fifth phase of the elections. The 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh are being contested across seven phases, with vote counting scheduled for June 4.
(With agency inputs)

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