Smriti Irani files nomination from Amethi

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Amethi: Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani on Thursday filed her nomination papers from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections.

She will be pitted against the Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Irani filed the nomination at the District Magistrate’s office in Gauriganj. She was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Earlier in the day , she held a four-kilometre road show being cheered by supporters.

Smriti Irani is contesting against the Congress President for a second time. In 2014, despite a Modi wave, she lost to Gandhi by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes.

On Wednesday, the Congress President filed his nomination from Amethi and held a road show in the city.

Amethi is considered a bastion of the Congress. The seat has remained mostly with the Congress since 1980.

Amethi was first represented by Sanjay Gandhi between 1989-81. After his death in a plane crash, his elder brother Rajiv Gandhi represented the seat till 1991.

After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, his wife Sonia Gandhi contested from the seat in 1999 and won.

Rahul Gandhi has held the seat since 2004. The constituency will go to polls on May 6 in the fifth phase.

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