Sonia files nomination for Rae Bareli
Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday filed her nomination from the Rae Bareli seat for the Lok Sabha elections, declaring assets worth Rs 2.8 Crore.
"I have a special bond with Rae Bareli. The people have adopted me with affection. I hope all will be well and the people will make me victorious again,” the 67-year-old sitting MP who was accompanied by her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi told reporters after filing her papers.
Sonia kicked off the day with a road show from Fursatganj airport enroute to the district party office before moving to the district collector office. Supporters, who gave her convoy a rapturous welcome, are confident that this time around too the contest in Rae Bareli will be 'one-sided.'
"Rae Bareli owes its identity to Soniaji. She will win by 5 lakh votes. No contest," Mohhamad Ubaid, a supporter predicted.
The Congress is regularly targeted by the BJP for following dynasty politics. However, sentiments in Rae Bareli differ. "She doesn't change her seat like BJP leaders. Look at Rajnath Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi run from here to there. They are not faithful to their people. Soniaji shows her dedication and maintains civil language," said JK Vajpayee, another supporter.
Sonia Gandhi has assets worth about Rs.9 crore though she does not have a vehicle in her name.
She has movable assets worth Rs. 2.81 crore and immovable assets worth Rs. 6.47 crore, according to the affidavit submitted along with her nomination papers she filed for the Rae Bareli seat.
Among the movable assets, she has Rs. 85,000 in cash, Rs. 66 lakh in banks, RS. 10 lakh worth bonds and shares worth Rs. 1.90 lakh.