Congress has put out its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, with party chief Rahul Gandhi contesting his bastion Amethi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi contesting from her home turf, Rae Bareli.
Congress has also announced a few seats in Gujarat, including the Vadodara and Anand constituencies that are BJP strongholds.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had managed to win only the two bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli in UP that has 80 Parliamentary constituencies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Vadodara. Prashant Patel has been fielded as the Congress candidate from Vadodara while senior party leader Bharatsinh Solanki will contest the Anand seat.
The party has come out with 15 names in its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.
The first list of the Congress Central Election Committee does not feature Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s name who recently made her political debut that was in the waiting for several years.
Priyanka Gandhi has been handed the charge of handling Uttar Pradesh along with Jyotiraditya Scindia. Priyanka Gandhi has been appointed the UP general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Imran Masood has been fielded from Saharanpur while Salman Khurshid will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Farukkhabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Raju Parmar will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Ahmedabad West, which is a reserved seat for the Scheduled Castes (SC). Ranjitsinh Mohansinh Rathwa will be contesting the Chhota Udaipur seat in Gujarat, which is a reserved seat for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).
Saleem Iqbal Sheervani will be contesting from the Badaun Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh and Jitin Prasad will contest from Uttar Pradesh’s Dhaurahra.
Annu Tandon will be contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao constituency and Rajaram Pal from Akbarpur. Brij Lal Khabri will be contesting the Jalaun reserved seat in Uttar Pradesh.
Nirmal Khatri will contest the Faizabad seat in Uttar Pradesh while RPN Singh has been fielded from the Kushi Nagar constituency.