Sonia will contest from Rae Bareli in 2019, says Priyanka

SansadTV Bureau

In what could be said putting a rest at speculation of Sonia Gandhi contesting 2019 Lok Sabha polls or not, her daughter Priyanka Gandhi answered in affirmative saying her mother will indeed contest again from Rae Bareli, her constituency for 19 years.

As soon as after Sonia had announced her retirement as Congress president on Friday, there were speculations over her way ahead in electoral politics.

There is a speculation in the media over Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra assuming an active role in politics to assist her brother, Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress had, however, clarified that Sonia Gandhi was only retiring as the Congress president and not from active politics.

“There is no question of me contesting (the 2019 polls)…my mother will contest from there (Rae Bareli),” Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra said after Rahul Gandhi assumed charge as Congress president today.

She also lauded her mother, calling her the “bravest” woman for overcoming huge difficulties during her record 19- year tenure as the Congress chief.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (from Amethi) are the only two Congress representatives from Uttar Pradesh in the current Lok Sabha.

(With inputs from PTI)