Election Tracker LIVE: Congress president Rahul Gandhi landed in Wayanad with his sister and and AICC in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to file his nomination papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who is contesting from the southern district in addition to his turf of Amethi, will file his nomination at around 11.30am. As Gandhi raises the political heat in Kerala, his rival Smriti Irani prepares to campaign in his home borough, Amethi. Irani is also scheduled to go to Salon assembly in Rae Bareli for the BJP’s Kisan Morcha Sammelan.
Smriti Irani on Thursday accused Gandhi of “insulting and betraying” Amethi. She said, “A person who has been in Amethi for 15 years has decided to give up his supporters. Come elections he has chosen to file nominations from another constituency because Congress workers in Amethi know that Rahul does not enjoy popular support.”
Back in Wayanad where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s arrival is being celebrated by hundreds of party workers. Rahul, who is joined by other leaders of Congress’ Kerala unit and Priyanka Gandhi, is heading to the Collector’s office to file his nomination.
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Congress Chief En Route to Wayanad | Rahul Gandhi departs for Wayanad in a chopper with his sister Priyanka Gandhi. The two leaders will embark on a roadshow after Rahul files in nomination at the Collector’s office in Wayanad.
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Hundreds in Wayanad Gather to Welcome Rahul Gandhi | Ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s arrival in Wayanad, hundreds of people have gathered outside the Collector’s office to welcome the Congress chief. Here are a few visuals from the scene that’s unfolding in the Kerala constituency.
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A person who has been in Amethi for 15 years has decided to give up his supporters. Come elections, he has chosen to file nominations from another constituency. Congress workers in Amethi know that Rahul does not enjoy popular support, the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani says.
Rahul Gandhi’s rival contender in Amethi, Smriti Irani hits out at the Congress chief ahead of his nomination filing. ” If people in Wayanad have any questions about Rahul Gandhi’s capability then they only need to visit Amethi to be convinced,” she says.
The Congress chief, who arrived in Kozhikode on Wednesday night, is being accompanied by his sister – AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. The two leaders will be embarking on a roadshow ahead of Rahul’s nomination filing. Over a thousand workers are expected to participate in the grand roadshow.
Rahul Gandhi to File Nomination from Wayanad | As Congress president Rahul Gandhi prepares to set out for Wayanad to file his nomination, Smriti Irani arrives in his home turf – Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi to begin campaigning ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, BJP national president Amit Shah will address a public meeting in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Telangana, Shah will be rallying at Kareemnagar and Warangal, while in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh he will campaign at Narsaraopet (Guntur) and Visakhapatnam.
The Congress unit in Mumbai will release the party manifesto for the city. The event will be attended by all the six Congress candidates including Milind Deora, Priya Dutt, Urmila Matondkar and Sanjay Nirupam.
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