Nehru-Gandhi family may chose Priyanka to contest from the family pocket burrough , Rae Bareli, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress Party leaders too would be happy with the choice of the family as a section of the party had been clamouring for Priyanka’s entry into politics.
The subject came up because Sonia Gandhi is not keen to enter the electoral fray due to health reasons. Keeping the constituency within the family is a sentiment as it has been electing Nehru-Gandhi family members for decades. Indira Gandhi chose this constituency in 1967. In 1977 Socialist leader, Raj Narain, popularly known as Netaji, however defeated Indira Gandhi here but she came back in the next Lok Sabha poll. Amethi, the constituency represented by Rahul’s father, is where he would like to contest in the 2019 elections. Rahul has been winning from Amethi in the last few elections.
A decision will be taken after Sonia Gandhi finally calls it a day from politics. Also, with Priyanka choosing to finally take a plunge into politics, one thing is clear- in UP most of the opposition parties would support Gandhi family members from these two constituencies. Another certainty is that if Rahul is the candidate from Amethi, Smrithi Irani would be the BJP candidate.