Battle of Nominations: Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat prepares for heated contest; Why was complaint filed against Rahul Gandhi?

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Among the rejected nominations were those of Congress stalwart Rahul Gandhi, BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh, BSP's Thakur Prasad Yadav, and representatives from smaller parties and independents.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: As the Lok Sabha Election 2024 gathers momentum, Rae Bareli witnesses a flurry of activity with the submission of nomination papers. However, the scrutiny process on Saturday revealed a twist, with several papers facing rejection, including those of prominent candidates like Rahul Gandhi and Dinesh Pratap Singh.

Rejected Nominations

After meticulous scrutiny, 16 nomination papers were deemed invalid, leaving only eight candidates in the fray. Among the rejected nominations were those of Congress stalwart Rahul Gandhi, BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh, BSP's Thakur Prasad Yadav, and representatives from smaller parties and independents.

Objection to Rahul Gandhi's Candidature

One of the most contentious rejections was that of Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi. Objections were raised against him, citing his alleged conviction in a defamation case and his purported British citizenship. Former MLA Ajaypal Singh represented Rahul Gandhi, countering the objections raised by advocate Anirudh Pratap Singh.

Legal Implications

Returning Officer and DM Harshita Mathur confirmed the objection against Rahul Gandhi's nomination, leading to its rejection. However, advocate Anirudh Pratap Singh threatened legal action, stating his intent to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court if the rejection is not upheld. Singh asserts that ample evidence has been presented to warrant the rejection of Gandhi's nomination.

As the battle for Rae Bareli intensifies, the rejection of key nominations sets the stage for a fiercely contested election. With legal challenges looming and political tensions running high, the coming days are crucial in determining the final lineup of candidates and shaping the electoral landscape of Rae Bareli.