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Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Sonia Gandhi to contest from family pocket borough Rae Bareli for the fifth time

Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of members to Parliament at 80, will go to polls in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Votes will be counted on May 23.

constituency watch Updated: Apr 30, 2019 18:23 IST
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Pune, India - April 23, 2019: People gathered at Jambhulwadi polling booth to cast their vote for Loksabha 2019 election for Baramati constituency in Pune, India, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

The Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh’s Awadh region has been the bastion of the Gandhi family.

Former prime minister Indira Gandhi held the seat between 1967 and 1977 and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi has won four consecutive times since 2004. Rae Bareli was one of the three seats which the BJP did not win in the politically-crucial state. But, it has held the Rae Bareli seat twice in the past.

In Rae Bareli, Sonia Gandhi is in direct contest with BJP candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently switched sides from the Congress to the ruling party. The grand-alliance of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has not fielded its candidate from Rae Bareli to avoid division of votes in the opposition camp.

Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of members to Parliament at 80, will go to polls in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Votes will be counted on May 23.

READ: All about Lok Sabha elections 2019

Here are a few details about the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat:

State: Uttar Pradesh

Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Rae Bareli

Polling date: May 6

2019 candidates: Sonia Gandhi (Congress), Dinesh Pratap Singh (BJP)

Sitting MP, party: Sonia Gandhi, Congress

Winning margin in 2014: 352,713

Runner up name, party: Ajay Agrawal, BJP

Number of voters in 2014: 825,136

Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 51.73%

Number of women voters in 2014: 737,079

Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,659

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 18:22 IST