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Hold Your Breath. In Amethi, It's a Neck and Neck Fight Between Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani

Hold Your Breath. In Amethi, It's a Neck and Neck Fight Between Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani
Amethi Lok Sabha Results 2019: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is fighting a tough battle in Amethi, his constituency in Uttar Pradesh since 2004. The constituency is witnessing a see-saw battle between Gandhi scion and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Smriti Irani.

In a close contest, Irani is leading by only 6,000 votes. So far, Gandhi has received 28,377 votes, while the Union minister has won 34, 667 votes.

Amethi, largely a rural constituency around 130 km from UP capital Lucknow, features one of the most watched battles in this national election. Smriti Irani campaigned aggressively in Amethi, where she had contested and lost to Rahul Gandhi in 2014 but had managed to reduce his winning margin to one lakh. She kept visiting the constituency regularly and launched central schemes there. She also caused Rahul Gandhi of neglecting his constituency.

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During his election campaign, the Congress president visited Amethi six times. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also campaigned in Amethi.

A Congress stronghold Amethi has remained with the Gandhi family for decades. The Congress has not lost the seat in the last three decades, except in 1998.
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