Suspense around Sonia Gandhi's route to Parliament

New Delhi | Bengaluru: Congress circles are abuzz with a growing suspense on whether Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi will opt for a Rajya Sabha berth this time instead of contesting from Raebareli, which she has represented in the Lok Sabha since 2004.

While there is nothing official about it yet, many Gandhi family loyalists among the Congress leaders have started whispering that it’s better the 77-year-old Gandhi avoid another Lok Sabha poll contest given her “poor health”. Some of them also feel her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is best suited to contest and guard “the Gandhi family seat” of Raebareli (even though some Vadra campers have been pitching for Priyanka seeking an RS berth) while Rahul Gandhi can try to wrest Amethi with or without contesting from the second (safe) seat of Wayanad.

It is also a fact that after BJP wrested Rahul’s Amethi seat last time, the saffron party is working hard to storm Raebareli, the lone Congress sitting seat in UP, in the 2024 poll.

Congress could win one RS seat each from Himachal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and the party is in a position to win about 3-4 seats from Karnataka and Telangana. It remains to be seen whether the Congress circles will work the typical chorus for Sonia Gandhi’s entry into the RS when nomination time approaches.

Meanwhile, Karnataka PCC chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday sought to put at rest talks of Gandhi entering the Rajya Sabha from the state and claimed there had been no such discussion.

(You can now subscribe to our Economic Times WhatsApp channel)

Roy Walsh

Related post