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Sonia Gandhi files Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan, marking the end of an era

Feb 14, 2024 05:38 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by Rahul and Priyanka as the former Congress president filed her nomination.

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi filed her nomination for the Rajya Sabha election from Rajasthan on Wednesday with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanying her. Sonia Gandhi left her Delhi residence early in the morning and reached Jaipur by 10am. According to reports, Sonia Gandhi has decided to shift to the Rajya Sabha because of health reasons, which makes it difficult for her to visit her Lok Sabha constituency regularly.

Sonia Gandhi filed her Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan on Wednesday.(PTI)
Sonia Gandhi filed her Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan on Wednesday.(PTI)

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Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge are likely to be present when she files the nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections. The last date for filing the nomination is February 15. The Rajya Sabha election is scheduled to be held on February 27.

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot welcomed Sonia Gandhi's nomination from the Rajya Sabha and said Sonia has always been connected with Rajasthan. "We heartily welcome the announcement of respected Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji as the Rajya Sabha candidate from the Congress Party, who renounced the post of Prime Minister," Gehlot posted on X remembers Sonia Gandhi's many visits to the state -- some accompanying former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The Congress released a statement nominating Sonia Gandhi from Rajasthan, Akhilesh Prasad Singh from Bihar, Abhishek Manu Singhvi from Himachal Pradesh, Chandrakant Handore from Maharashtra.


On Monday, after a high-level meeting of the party leaders attended by Mallikarjun Kharge, Mukul Wasnik, Ajay Maken, Salman Khurshid, KC Venugopal, it was indicated that Sonia Gandhi may shift to the upper house leaving the poll fray for the first time. Apart from Rajasthan, the party had Himachal Pradesh as an option for her, but Gandhi chose Rajasthan, reports said.

Sonia Gandhi, who was Congress president for almost 22 years between 1998 and 2022, is a five-time Lok Sabha MP. She was elected from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi and Karnataka's Bellary in 1999 and retained Amethi. In 2004, Gandhi contested from Rae Bareli vacating Amethi for Rahul Gandhi.

A total of 56 members of Rajya Sabha from 15 states are retiring in April, including Manmohan Singh who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was also a member of the Rajya Sabha from August 1964 to February 1967. If Sonia Gandhi enters Rajya Sabha, she will be the second member of the Gandhi family to do so.

Speculations over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's poll debut

Following Sonia Gandhi's opting out from Rae Bareli, speculation is rife that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may be considered for the seat. However, the leadership has not yet taken any decision regarding Priyanka Gandhi's electoral debut.

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