"Father's Karmabhoomi": Priyanka Gandhi In "Sacred" Amethi With Family

From 1981 until his assassination in 1991, Rajiv Gandhi had contested and held Amethi in an iron grip.

'Father's Karmabhoomi': Priyanka Gandhi In 'Sacred' Amethi With Family

Priyanka Gandhi has been in charge of the Amethi campaign for Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi:

As Congress chief Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Amethi today, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called her father Rajiv Gandhi's karmabhoomi "sacred land". Rajiv Gandhi had held the Amethi seat for a decade until his death in 1991.

Ms Gandhi accompanied her brother today along with her mother Sonia Gandhi, husband Robert Vadra and their children as the Congress chief filed his nomination.

Priyanka Gandhi has been in charge of the campaign for her three-time MP brother in Amethi for 15 years.

Ms Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi, "Some relationships are of the heart. Today, the entire family was present for my brother's nomination filing. This is my father's karmabhoomi; this is sacred land for us.

Amethi has been loyal to the Gandhi family for decades. The seat has been held by Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

From 1981 until his assassination in 1991, Rajiv Gandhi had contested and held Amethi in an iron grip. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bomb blast in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991, while campaigning for an election.

Years later, his wife Sonia Gandhi held the seat for two terms from 1999 to 2009 till Rahul Gandhi took over the constituency.

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Amethi has been a Congress bastion since Rajiv Gandhi held the seat. Barring a year when people flocked to Sanjay Singh, who was then with the BJP, Amethi has been in Congress's grasp.

Rahul Gandhi won in 2014 against BJP Union Minister Smriti Irani and is all set to take on her again this time. Smriti Irani lost last time by a reduced margin which indicates it would not be an easy win for Rahul Gandhi this time.

In the past five years, Ms Irani has flooded Amethi with schemes and criticized Mr Gandhi on every chance she could get.

Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala's Wayanad; the first time he is contesting from two seats. Priyanka Gandhi had accompanied Mr Gandhi to Wayanad as well when he went to file his nomination.

Wayanad, too, has a Rajiv Gandhi connection like Amethi. The ashes of Rajiv Gandhi were immersed in a stream in Wayanad, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala had said.