Amethi: Amid the showering of flower petals, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi yesterday filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls from the Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, accompanied by the Gandhi family members.
Flanked by his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, brother-in-law Robert Vadra and niece Miraya, Rahul Gandhi earlier held a roadshow from Amhat in Sultanpur to Gauriganj in Amethi.
Enroute to the collectorate where he filed his papers a little after 2pm, several hundreds of party workers, supporters and residents lined up along the roads as they showered rose petals on Gandhi’s motorcade.
More than 500kg of rose petals had been purchased and stacked up for use in a village house, party leaders said. While Vadra was not present during the filing of nomination papers by Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli, his presence on Saturday made the family complete.
Seeking a third term from the constituency once represented by his father, late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and his mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s name was endorsed by four proposers.
Later, talking to reporters waiting outside the district magistrate’s office, the Congress leader said he was confident of being re-elected from the seat.
Invoking his “family connection” with the people of Amethi, Rahul said he was working in the region for the last decade and a lot of work has been done for women empowerment, roads and dairy development.