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Lok Sabha polls: Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Amethi with Sonia, Priyanka and Robert Vadra in tow

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections from this constituency with his entire family looking on.

His mother Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra were with him in the Collectorate when he filed his papers.

 Lok Sabha polls: Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Amethi with Sonia, Priyanka and Robert Vadra in tow

File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

The three-term MP will take on Union minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani in what is seen as a direct contest with the SP-BSP-RLD alliance taking the decision to not field any candidate from the constituency, seen as a Congress bastion.

Rahul Gandhi reached the Collectorate to file his papers after a roadshow through the town. It was the Gandhi family's show of strength with the Congress chief flanked by his sister, brother-in-law and their two children in the open truck.

Surging crowds of Congress supporters walked along as the truck made its way to the Collectorate. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was not part of the roadshow but reached the Collectorate to back her son.

Other than Amethi, Rahul is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, from where he filed his nomination papers on 4 April.

Amethi goes to the polls on 6 May in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which begin on Thursday.

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Updated Date: Apr 10, 2019 13:59:20 IST

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