New Delhi: After leading from the front in the Gujarat Assembly polls that saw his party improving its show, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is now focusing on Uttar Pradesh to galvanise party cadres in the run-up to 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
First time after donning the mantle of the party chief, Rahul Gandhi is all set to pay a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi from Monday.
Though party workers are excited by his anointment and have planned a grand reception in Amethi, they are aware that the path for their young leader will not be easy in Uttar Pradesh where its electoral foray in the assembly polls had been anything but encouraging.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 Lok Sabha seats. In the last assembly elections, the Congress managed to win just seven seats, its lowest ever in the state.
But what came as a bigger shock was its dismal show in Amethi and Rae Bareli, which had long been nurtured by the Gandhi family. The Modi wave stormed into Amethi and Rae Bareli, and Congress was routed in eight of the 10 Assembly seats there.
The BJP won six seats in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituencies with two seats going to the Samajwadi Party. In a major embarrassment to the senior leadership of the party, the Congress could manage the victory in only two of the 10 prestigious seats.
The party lost all five seats in Amethi and barely saved face by winning in just two of the five seats in Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency.