Sonia Gandhi to file nomination for Rajya Sabha elections tomorrow: Sources

    The Hawk
    February13/ 2024
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    Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, a five-time Lok Sabha MP, will file her nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The decision on the state she'll represent is pending, with Rajasthan being a top choice.

    Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

    New Delhi [India]: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi will file her nomination for Rajya Sabha elections tomorrow and the final decision on the state she will represent in the upper House of Parliament will be taken tonight, sources said on Tuesday.
    Sonia Gandhi, who was Congress president for almost 22 years between 1998 and 2022, is a five-time Lok Sabha MP.

    Sources said her son Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will accompany her when she files nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections.
    "Final decision on the state to contest from will be taken by tonight," a source said.
    Top sources said while Rajasthan is "top" in terms of choices, some other state units have made offers for her to file the nomination.
    They said she is likely to opt for Rajasthan with a seat held by the party in the state having fallen vacant due to the retirement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
    Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had also been a member of Rajya Sabha.
    Sonia Gandhi, who is chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, has been repeatedly elected to Lok Sabha from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.

    The move to file nominations for Rajya Sabha comes ahead of Lok Sabha polls expected to be held in April-May this year.
    The Congress is yet to announce candidates for the biennial elections for 56 seats from 15 states. The last date for filing nominations is February 15.
    The Election Commission last month declared the schedule for the biennial poll for 56 Rajya Sabha seats and voting will take place on February 27.