Priyanka Gandhi to address first election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli today


NEW DELHI: According to Congress source, Priyanka Gandhi on Friday will address first election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Barli assembly constituency in the view of accompany to Rahul Gandhi.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will also launch poll campaign in Rae Bareli this day. Rahul will address two rallies in Rae Bareli town and Maharajganj in support of party candidate Aditi Singh.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi represents Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha, while Rahul is MP from neighbouring Amethi.

Assembly constituencies under Amethi and Rae Bareli   go to polls in the 4th and 5th phase of polling in the state on February 23 and 27. Alliance partners Congress and Samajwadi Party are contesting with each other on several Assembly seats where both parties have fielded their candidates.

Congress candidate Aditi Singh the daughter of MLA Akhilesh Kumar Singh will contest from the Rae Bareli Assembly constituency.

Akhilesh Singh, a local strongman, has passed on the baton to his 29-year-old daughter Aditi, who is pitted against BSP candidate Shahbaz Khan and BJP’s Anita Srivastava.

In Unchahar in Rae Bareli district, Congress has fielded Ajaypal Singh and SP Manoj Kumar Pandey, besides in Sareniwhere Ashok Singh (Congress) is fighting a “friendly match”with Devendra Pratap Singh of SP.

Both seats fall under Sonia’s Lok Sabha constituency. Congress will be contesting in a total of 105 seats inUP, with its ally Samajwadi Party contesting from 298 out of atotal of 403 seats.