Rahul Gandhi does not rule out second seat, says party will take call

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Rahul Gandhi does not rule out second seat, says party will take call

NEW DELHI: Congress president

Rahul Gandhi

has not been contesting

Lok Sabha

election from a constituent other than Amethi, saying many party leaders have fought elections more than one seat in the past and a decision will be taken soon.

Referring to the demands of his sisters

Priyanka Gandhi

Vadra should contest, Gandhi has told PTI in an interview that she will have to take a call on whether to run or not.

Speculation about the newly appointed Congress general secretary contesting grew after she asked people in Varanasi on Thursday that she should fight from the temple town, where the constituency where Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-election seeking.

Amethi is his “karmabhoomi” (place where you are destined to work) and will remain so, in keeping with his options open on fighting the election from a second seat from their states

“Amethi is my ‘karmabhoomi’ and will always remain so. I am deeply grateful for the love, affection and the sentiments expressed by our party workers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who have asked me to state their second seat , “The Congress chief said in response to a question on the speculation over him contesting from Wayanad in Kerala.

“In the past too, many leaders from the Congress and other parties, including Mr Modi himself, have one seat more than the elections.” Congress party is the earliest issue on this matter, “he said.

In 2014, Rahul Gandhi defeated BJP’s Smriti Irani by a margin of over one lakh votes. Both are pitted against each other again from Amethi

Asked about Priyanka Gandhi contesting the election, the Congress chief said that the candidate is a continuous process and the party has so far announced 300 candidates.

“As far as Priyanka is concerned, it is up to her to decide if she wants to contest or not,” he said.

Gandhi said the party has a system of identifying candidates and it has various processes through.

“I have seen that as well as experienced candidates equally because I have believed that Congress party needs both Seniors are fighting elections. There are also many new faces, who have their first election with the fight.”

There is a clamour among Congress leaders from the south to Rahul Gandhi to contest from Kerala as well as Karnataka and the state units have already passed resolutions on the issue.

His mother, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, earlier contested from the Bellary Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka while his grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, from Chikamangalur in Karnataka.

The process of nominations in Kerala, which goes to the polls on April 23, started Thursday and will end on April 4.

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