Will Madam contest from Amethi?
Sonia Gandhi is 'actively considering' the Congress proposal that
she contest the Lok Sabha election from Amethi, Uttar
Pradesh Congress president N D Tiwari said on Friday.
"She has not turned down the proposal when I
met her four days ago," Tiwari said.
The Sultanpur and Rae Bareli district committees had
proposed to field Sonia from Amethi and
daughter Priyanka from Rae Bareli.
"Both the proposals have been
conveyed to her," the leader said, "An early decision is expected."
Asked to define a time frame for it, Tiwari said Sonia's plans should
be clear 'in a week or so.'
Meanwhile, a meeting of district and city Congress presidents held
in Lucknow under Tiwari's presidentship adopted a resolution
demanding that Sonia contest the Amethi seat,
which was earlier represented by her late husband Rajiv Gandhi.
resolution also desired that she
launch her election campaign
from Uttar Pradesh.
The resolution said all Congressmen believed that secular
and nationalist forces have been strengthened
following Sonia's decision to campaign for Congress.
The UPCC president said the All India Congress Committee
was chalking out her election programme.
Tiwari claimed that following Sonia's announcement, old Congressmen had
started coming back to the party at the district and
state committee levels.
The Congress,Tiwari said, would contest all 85 seats in the state, but added
this decision would not be a hindrance if the party thought fit to
forge any last minute alliance.
"Decisions about alliances
will be taken by the central leadership," the leader clarified.
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