Sonia Gandhi to be Nominated for Rajya Sabha: Congress leader and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi may distance herself from the race for Lok Sabha elections 2024. According to sources, this time she will hand over the command for Rae Bareli seat to her daughter Priyanka Gandhi. This will be Priyanka’s first Lok Sabha election. In such a situation, there is every possibility of Sonia Gandhi being nominated to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Sonia Gandhi has won 7 elections from Rae Bareli seat. This seat is considered a stronghold of Congress.
Trying to take advantage of change in UP
According to media reports, Sonia Gandhi is 77 years old and she can recuse herself from the Lok Sabha elections due to health reasons. She can be elected MP from Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. This will be a big change for Congress. Sonia Gandhi has been contesting Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli seat since 2006. This is considered a traditional seat of Congress. Sonia has won 7 elections from Rae Bareli till 2019.
Will Priyanka’s election journey begin?
This change is happening at a time when Congress’s performance is at its lowest ever. Even Rahul Gandhi could not save the Amethi seat, which was his stronghold, in the last elections. He had suffered a crushing defeat from BJP leader Smriti Irani. This is being considered as the beginning of the election journey for Priyanka Gandhi. Rae Bareli will be a safe seat for Priyanka Gandhi after being a part of active politics for almost 10 years. Priyanka Gandhi is a crowd-puller, having represented her mother in Rae Bareli for years. He is being considered as Congress’s big hope for rejuvenation in UP before the elections.
Congress has held Rae Bareli seat for years
Rae Bareli seat has been in the possession of Congress since 1950. Priyanka Gandhi’s grandfather Firoz Gandhi was elected Lok Sabha MP from here for the first time. In 2019, there was speculation that Priyanka would contest the elections from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But Rahul Gandhi, who was then commanding the Congress, made Priyanka the general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Later she also became the general secretary of entire Uttar Pradesh. But Congress’s plan failed in 2019 and Yogi Raj was re-established in 2022. Then Jyotiraditya Scindia was in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, after which he joined BJP.