Exit poll 2019: Rahul Gandhi facing tough challenge in Amethi. Will he be MP from Wayanad?
India Today-Axis My India exit poll shows though the Congress-led alliance is the most popular alliance in Amethi, Congress's individual position is not very bright. It is facing a tough challenge from the BJP in terms of popularity.
India Today Web Desk
May 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 23:48 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (Photo by Bandeep Singh. He tweets at @junglelight)
To take on Rahul Gandhi, BJP has fielded Union minister Smriti Irani in Amethi
Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Wayanad seat
Wayanad appears to be a safer seat than Amethi for Rahul Gandhi
Will Congress president Rahul Gandhi lose from Amethi, a Lok Sabha seat that has been a Congress stronghold? Rahul Gandhi contested his first Lok Sabha election form Amethi in 2004 and has represented this seat since then.
Results of the India Today-Axis My India exit poll show that Congress is facing a tough contest in Amethi. The exit poll predicts that the Congress may win 1-2 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The seat where the party is likely to win easily is Sonia Gandhi's constituency Raebareli.
Our exit poll shows that though the Congress-led alliance is the most popular alliance in Amethi, Congress's individual position is not very bright. The party is facing a tough challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in terms of popularity.
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To take on Rahul Gandhi, the BJP has fielded Union minister Smriti Irani in Amethi. She had contested against him in 2014 too and was defeated, though she was able to reduce Rahul Gandhi's victory margin.
The India Today-Axis My India exit poll show predicts that Amethi is a tough seat for the Congress.
A tough seat is one where the margin between the first two parties is three per cent or less. Thus in Amethi, the margin between Congress and BJP is less than three per cent, the exit poll shows.
Seat-by-seat analysis of the exit poll is based purely on the popularity of the political party during exit polls and not based on the individual candidate.
However, Amethi is not the only seat from where Rahul Gandhi is contesting this time. His second seat is Wayanad in Kerala.