Sonia Gandhi will contest from Rae Bareli in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Priyanka Gandhi


New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra on Saturday put to rest the speculation over Sonia Gandhi contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Rae Bareli, saying her mother would again be in the fray from the parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Rae Bareli is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who passed on the mantle of the top party post to her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday. There is a speculation in the media over Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra assuming an active role in politics to assist her brother, Rahul Gandhi.

The speculation arose after Sonia Gandhi indicated her “retirement” on Friday. The Congress had, however, clarified that Sonia Gandhi was only retiring as the Congress president and not from active politics.

“There is no question of me contesting (the 2019 polls)…my mother will contest from there (Rae Bareli),” Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra said after Rahul Gandhi assumed charge as Congress president at an event at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi.

She also lauded her mother, calling her the “bravest” woman for overcoming huge difficulties during her record 19-year tenure as the Congress chief. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (from Amethi) are the only two Congress representatives from Uttar Pradesh in the current Lok Sabha.