UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrived in her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli on Wednesday on a thanks-giving visit accompanied by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Gandhi, who retained the seat in the Lok Sabha elections held this year, will be addressing a massive gathering of party workers later today.
This is Gandhi’s first visit to the constituency since the end of 2019 elections, which brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power for a second time.
Gandhi won from her seat by a margin of 167178 votes, defeating Dinesh Pratap Singh of the BJP.
While the UPA chairperson will address party workers, Priyanaka Gandhi Vadra is likely to hold a review meeting with district chiefs of the area at a guest house.
Congress managed to win only one seat of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections. Such was the party’s dismal performance in the state that even its chief, Rahul Gandhi, lost the family’s traditional bastion Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani.
The 48-year-old Congress chief, however, managed to enter Parliament from Kerala’s Wayanad – where he won by a margin of over 4.31 lakh votes, a state record.
On 7 June, the 48-year-old Rahul Gandhi visited Wayanad to express his gratitude to the people who voted for him.
In Wayanad, he launched a fresh attack on PM Modi saying that while the BJP “spread hatred” the Congress combats it with love.
“The current government and Mr Narendra Modi spread hatred in the country and the Congress party knows and understands that the only way to combat hatred is through love and affection,” he said.
Gandhi said that he and his party are committed to defending weak people in the country “under attack by Modi himself”.
“We’re committed to defending space of opposition, defending weak people in this country, defending people who are under attack by Mr Modi’s policies and Mr Modi himself,” he said.