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.Updated: Apr 30, 2019 18:23 IST
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.
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