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All Eyes On Amethi And Raebareli As Congress Bastions Go To Polls In Fifth Phase On Monday

The Congress bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli will go for polling in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha Elections on Monday. Meanwhile, several other seats including Mohanlalganj (SC), Jalaun (SC), Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaisarganj and Gonda will also go for polling in the fifth phase in Uttar Pradesh. The voting in the fifth phase will also decide the fate of five Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tomorrow. No Gandhi In Amethi This would be the first time when a Gandhi family member is not fighting from the seat in UP. Congress had fielded loyalist KL Sharma against Union Minister Smriti Irani from Amethi.   ALSO READ | All 6 Lok Sabha Seats In ...
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LS Phase 5: Rae Bareli, Amethi, Mumbai, Baramulla, & Ladakh In Focus As 49 Seats Set To Vote

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 5 Voting: Polling for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 is scheduled to commence on Monday in 49 Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) across eight States and Union Territories (UTs). Additionally, 35 Assembly Constituencies in Odisha will hold simultaneous elections for the Odisha Legislative Assembly. The Election Commission of India (ECI) informed that polling stations have been equipped with essential facilities such as shade, drinking water, ramps, toilets, and other basic amenities to ensure voters' comfort and safety. Special provisions have been made to manage hot weather conditions. The eight States/UTs participating in Phase-5 are Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pr...
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Smriti props up ‘labharthis’, local connect to woo voters | India News – Times of India

‘Amethi ki janata ne 2019 mein ek naya itihas racha tha. Is baar usi itihas ko dohrana hai (People of Amethi had scripted history in 2019. It is time to repeat it)’. This is how Union minister and BJP’s candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency Smriti Irani reminds voters how they helped her push Rahul Gandhi out of the Congress turf.For the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Irani got a psychological edge when the Bharatiya Janata Party named her in the first list as its candidate from Lok Sabha constituency, prompting her to roll out her poll campaign even before the election schedule could be announced.Losing no time, in Feb, Irani performed ‘grih pravesh’ of her house that she got constructed in Amethi and swiftly went into election mode, often daring Rahul to contest from Amethi. The Con...
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‘’100-yr-old’ ties with Rae Bareli, Amethi — Sonia & Rahul on constituencies that gave them ‘everything’

New Delhi: To rekindle their bond with voters in Amethi and Rae Bareli, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Tuesday released a video where they reminisced about their “100-year-old” relationship with these two constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.In a free-wheeling chat with each other, the Gandhis said Amethi and Rae Bareli “gave us everything” and that the family would be there whenever needed. The six-minute video is a counteroffensive to the BJP’s narrative that the family has lost its grip over the two seats, particularly after Rahul lost to Smriti Irani from Amethi in 2019. This time around, the family has handed Amethi to loyalist Kishori Lal Sharma, while Rahul will take his chances from Rae Bareli, which Sonia Gandhi vacated for the Rajya Sabha. Show...
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‘Na darr hai, na bhay hai.’ In Gandhi-less Amethi, Congress’s KL Sharma banks on 40-yr ties with people

Amethi: At a gathering of people in Amethi’s Bhadar block, Kishori Lal Sharma thanked his fellow Congress supporters who announced that he doesn’t need any introduction. The soft-spoken close aide of the Congress first family, nevertheless, was introduced as the ‘Hanuman’ (read, faithful) of the Gandhis to the crowd assembled there.But, given that the younger ones in the crowds needed a little background about the Congress candidate, it began on a personal note. “Om Prakash kahan hai? (Where is Om Prakash Yadav?) He had a heart valve disorder for which Sharma ji helped him get treatment in Delhi,” a senior Congress worker asked. Yadav rose from his seat among the Congress supporters seated behind the dais and folded his hands, greeting the public. Show Full Arti...
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With Gandhis absent & rumblings within BJP affecting Smriti Irani’s prospects, Amethi voters are torn

Kumar’s family, like many others, traditionally voted for Congress till 2019 when they started voting for Modi “for better or for worse”, said his mother Sukala Pasi, 60. However, Kumar, who helps arrange lighting for weddings, is concerned about the level of unemployment he sees around him. He is also “unhappy” because the monetary benefits he received under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi stopped after the first two instalments reached him in 2019. Vinay Kumar with his family in Mattepur village in Amethi’s Tiloi area | Photo: Shikha Salaria, ThePrint “In March last year, I went to the head office of the agriculture department in Gauriganj to get the instalments resumed. I filled up a form and received assurance, but to no avail,” he said.Unemployment is the main issue in this e...