Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Wayanad or family seat Rae Bareli, which one will Rahul Gandhi choose?

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has emerged as the hero of the Congress after the results of the Lok Sabha elections 2024. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has won a big victory in both Wayanad and Rae Bareli seats. He won the Rae Bareli seat by a margin of over 3.9 lakh votes and the Wayanad seat by over 3.6 lakh votes. There is a discussion in Rae Bareli, the stronghold of the Gandhi family, that Rahul Gandhi should choose the Rae Bareli seat as his family has a 100-year-old relationship with this constituency. Local businessman Ashu Sahu said, 'He should represent Rae Bareli.' At the same time, housewife Krishna Srivastava said, 'He has represented Wayanad once. Now he should represent this constituency.' Another local resident Preeti Shukla said, 'Rahul and Rae Bareli have become a need for each other in this election. This new equation should be maintained.'

Pressure on Rahul to choose Rae Bareli

The Congress cadre in Rae Bareli also wants Rahul Gandhi to give preference to Rae Bareli. A Congress worker said, 'The results of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections have given a clear edge to the Congress and helped strengthen the Congress base in UP. The time has come to strengthen it further.' A Congress spokesperson stressed the importance of Rae Bareli and said, 'I am sure Rahul Bhaiya will leave the seat in the south and will not break his relationship with this place which matters more.'

What do the experts say?

Political analysts also believe that Rahul will contest from Rae Bareli. Professor Sushil Pandey, a political expert at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow, says, “The political importance of UP and the favourable mandate of 2024 outweigh the potential political gains from Kerala or Wayanad. And then there is the family legacy. So Rae Bareli is the natural choice.” Rae Bareli-based political thinker Vijay Vidrohi remarked that Rahul should respect the bond for which people voted for him. Meanwhile, Congress MP from Kasargod Rajmohan Unnithan suggested that if Rahul wants to contest from Rae Bareli, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can replace him in Wayanad. Speaking to a news channel, Unnithan clarified that this is his personal opinion.

What decision will Rahul take?

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is currently considering which seat to contest from between Rae Bareli and Wayanad. He has won significant victories in both the areas. Locals believe that he should be made a candidate from Rae Bareli as his family has a long association with the area. Rahul Gandhi has won from both Rae Bareli and Wayanad, but amid widespread speculation, he is still unsure about which seat he will contest from.

Any person must resign from the parliamentary constituency within two weeks

Citing provisions of the Constitution as well as law, constitutional expert and former Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Acharya on Friday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will have to resign from each of the two seats he won in the recently held Lok Sabha election within one to two weeks. Any candidate who wins two seats will have to vacate one seat within 14 days of the election results, Acharya said. Rahul Gandhi can send his resignation to current Speaker Om Birla even after the dissolution of the 17th Lok Sabha as he will continue in the post till a pro tem speaker is appointed for the 18th Lok Sabha.

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