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Gandhis hold fort in Amethi, Rae Bareli

PTI  Lucknow, May 12, 2007
First Published: 11:44 IST(12/5/2007) | Last Updated: 13:06 IST(12/5/2007)

The might of the Gandhi family appears to have worked at least in its parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli where Congress bagged one-third of its 22 seats after fielding 393 candidates for the just concluded UP assembly elections.

The party romped home victorious in the seven assembly segments in its stronghold out of a total of 10 seats.

The Congress, which had not fared well in the last assembly elections, performed exceptionally well in Amethi with the party bagging three seats and taking second place in the remaining two.

The party's overall tally in the state was three less than the previous 25 held in the outgoing assembly.

In Rae Bareli, where party's star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi had stayed put for over eight days in two phases taking up hectic campaigning in remote villages, the party earned four seats losing just one.

The party had drawn a blank in the last Assembly election in Rae Bareli.

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