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Smriti Irani to contest against Rahul Gandhi, Kumar Vishwas in Amethi?

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 00:17

Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal

New Delhi: It seems Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi would have to fight a pitched battle in the upcoming General Elections to regain the Amethi parliamentary seat. If reports are to be believed, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice president Smriti Irani may be fielded against the Gandhi scion from Amethi.

Reports suggest that the BJP has conveyed the message to Irani, who has given her nod to take on Rahul in Amethi, considered to be a Gandhi bastion.
If BJP finalises Irani for Amethi, the Gandhi bastion would witness an interesting three-way contest – the other two being Rahul Gandhi and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.

Irani, who at present is a Rajya Sabha member and is considered to be a close confidante of Narendra Modi, had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. She was defeated by Congress leader Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk constituency in the national capital.
This comes after yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday urged the BJP to field Uma Bharti from the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He said that if the BJP agrees to field Bharti from Rae Bareli, he and his followers would campaign for her.

BJP has fielded Bharti from Uttar Pradesh`s Jhansi constituency. However, reports have suggested that the party may reconsider its decision and field Bharti against Sonia.

First Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 00:17

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