At last Congress party announced its first list of 15 candidates on Thursday for the Lok Sabha elections, putting speculations to end that Sonia was not contesting in 2019 elections, naming 11 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and four from Gujarat. Congress has once again fielded UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to contest from Rae Bareli, a seat that she has held constant since 2004, and a three-time Congress party MP Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.
Amethi and Rae Bareli are Congress fortress in Uttar Pradesh and the only two seats won by the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The announcement put an end to speculation that Sonia Gandhi may not contest in the upcoming polls due to health issues and the party’s newly appointed general secretary in-charge (East UP) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may be fielded from her constituency.
The first list does not include Priyanka Gandhi, who had recently announced her political debut.