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Rae Bareilly: Rahul passes on baton to Priyanka
Sharat Pradhan in Rae Bareilly | May 06, 2006 21:51 IST
With the Election Commission cracking the whip on all 'outsiders' to leave the Rae Bareilly constituency, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul marched out of this political turf where he had been holding fort on his mother's behalf for nearly a fortnight.
Priyanka says her brother Rahul's 'hard work' would ensure a massive victory for their mother Sonia in the May 8 by-election.
"I will say what everybody in this constituency knows -- whoever may come, Soniaji will win. I welcome them," Priyanka, who is her mother's election agent, tells reporters.
"There is no force which can defeat Sonia Gandhi. I invite you (the media) to name a person who can defeat her," she says.
Priyanka lavished praise on Rahul, saying he had done a good job in organising party workers by travelling through the constituency for the last 10 days. "I think the result will be good. Rahul has worked very hard...the credit goes to him," she adds.
Earlier, Priyanka chaired a meeting of Congress booth agents and asked them to ensure a big turnout by voters. "There is nothing to be worried about. The situation this time is different," she tells reporters.
Priyanka was entitled to camp in Rae Bareilly in her capacity as the 'election agent' of her mother. Her husband, Robert Vadra has also joined her, though no one knows whether he would be allowed to stay on or not.
Sonia's campaign had essentially been a family affair so far. With Rahul holding fort, no senior Congress leader -- be it from Uttar Pradesh or from any other part of the country -- was allowed to pitch in. The only other Congress leader to be around for a while was Satish Sharma, the former Rae Bareilly parliamentarian, who was better known as late Rajiv Gandhi's co - pilot and a family friend.
With PTI inputs