In a bid to guarantee a win for her son – who may face a tough fight from the BJP’s Smriti Irani — Sonia Gandhi made an emotional appeal in Amethi urging voters to support Rahul Gandhi.
Campaigning in Amethi for the first time in 10 years, she said, “I had handed over my son to Amethi in 2004 in the same manner in which Indira Gandhi once gave her son Rajiv Gandhi to this constituency,” she reminded voters, while addressing a rally at Nandmahar in Amethi.
Sonia’s foray in Amethi was said to have been prompted after Rahul had been challenged in the Nehru-Gandhi bastion by TV star-turned politician Smriti Irani of the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Kumar Vishwas. Amethi votes on May 7.
Though not many dispute that Rahul would again win from Amethi for the third consecutive term, there is apprehension in some quarters that his victory margin may shrink this time.
In the 2009 election, Rahul Gandhi had got 4,64,195 votes, which was around 72% of the total votes cast.
Claiming that Rahul had worked hard and served the people of Amethi with dedication, she asked for one more term for work in the constituency. She recounted the UPA government’s achievements and also referred to the Congress’ manifesto, telling the people what were the party’s future plans for the country.
In her less than 20-minute speech, Sonia attacked the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi but refrained from making any reference to other political adversaries, including the AAP.
She said the BJP was leveling corruption charges against the UPA government, but it did not tell the people that it was the Congress-led government that gave the Right to Information Act to the people. The RTI is a powerful tool, she said, and had been able to expose many corruption cases in the country.
“Did the BJP-ruled states bring any such law and punish the guilty?” she asked and replied quickly in negative without waiting for the crowd’s response.