Rahul Gandhi to contest on
Congress from Amethi in the 2004 Lok Sabha General elections
What do we know about Rahul Gandhi?
Not much. We know he
is generally quiet, bears a striking resemblance to his father
Rajiv Gandhi and prefers to work in peace. We know that he has a
Columbian girlfriend - Juanita.
Sonia Gandhi, Congress
President, has decided to vacate her Amethi seat for Rahul to
contest the 2004 Lok Sabha general elections. Will he win?
has been a Congress stronghold for a long time. The constituency
was patronised by everyone from Indira Gandhi onwards. The
people there have a strong attachment to the Gandhi family - and
raul and Priyanka Gandhi have both worked in Amethi during the
last 5 years. They were Sonia's presence in the constituency.
Priyanka even captured headlines when she took up a poor Dalit's
cause with the district administration, panicking Mayavati of
the BSP, then UP chief minister.
Even if there was no Gandhi
family, it is perfectly normal for a constituency that has seen
two primie ministers from the same family to vote for another
from the same family. Call it self preservation or knowing your
own best interests. Unless Rahul makes any major goof-ups, we
already have our next MP. Just wait for the voting day.
here is an interesting snippet. A few months back, when the
Gandhi family flew to Lakhshadweep islands for a vacation, a
professor from Kerala filed a petition asking that he be charged
for immoral trafficking as he was staying with his girlfriend
without being married!
Well, the police were not stupid enough
to act on the complaint and ignored it. However, it is hilarious
how archaic Indian laws are. Because as far as I know, a man and
a woman if they even stay in the same room for a night can be
arrested. Because the laws say that unless you are marrried,
forget staying in the same room! I hope some lawyer could
explain if this is true, and what are defences one could use in
court if you are, really, arrested. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org