Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Amethi parliamentary constituency, party’s once stronghold, on Wednesday, July 10. Gandhi’s visit to the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha seat aimed to ascertain the cause of his defeat in the recently held General Elections 2019.
During his day long visit, the former Congress president will meet party representatives, including booth presidents of five assembly segments - Salon, Amethi, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur and Tiloi, party sources told media. Besides, the Gandhi scion will also pay visit to some villages and is scheduled to meet party workers at Nirmala Devi Educational Institute in Gauriganj.
This will be Gandhi’s first visit to Amethi after the party's lacklustre performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Last week, the Gandhi scion officially quit as the Congress chief, taking accountability of the party’s Lok Sabha debacle.
In the wake of Gandhi’s resignation, several other party leaders, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, also stepped down from their respective posts. Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey and Amethi president Yogendra Mishra also took off their designations voluntarily right after the disastrous Amethi defeat.
In a historic poll battle, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani defeated Gandhi in his traditional bastion Amethi by more than 52,000 votes, in this Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who represented the Amethi Lok Sabha seat since 1999, is currently a Member of Parliament from Wayanad constituency in Kerala.
In Wayanad, the Congress leader defeated his nearest Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate PP Suneer by a record margin of over 4.31 lakh votes. While Gandhi secured 7,06,367 votes, Suneer ended up bagging 2,74,597 votes. The BJP-led NDA candidate Thushar Vellapally, who is also state NDA chairman, came a poor third, polling about 78,000 votes.