Smriti Irani Challenges Rahul Gandhi: “Only Amethi” Contest for 2024 Lok Sabha Polls

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In a bold move, Smriti Irani, BJP Lok Sabha MP and Union Minister has thrown down the gauntlet to Rahul Gandhi, daring him to contest the upcoming Parliamentary Polls from Amethi. This challenge comes in the wake of Irani’s confidence in her re-election prospects and Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Amethi as part of his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

Challenging Rahul Gandhi to Amethi:

Irani directly challenged Rahul Gandhi, emphasizing his earlier departure from Amethi after the 2019 elections. She urged him to prove his confidence by contesting solely from Amethi, without seeking refuge in any other constituency. This challenge highlights the political rivalry between Irani and Gandhi, with both vying for supremacy in the electoral battleground of Amethi.

Rahul’s Amethi Revisitation:

Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Amethi during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra has reignited speculations about his candidacy from the constituency. Despite Congress losing ground in Amethi, Rahul’s presence suggests a potential return to the electoral fray in this crucial constituency. However, the final decision rests with the Congress Party’s Central Election Committee, adding uncertainty to Rahul’s electoral plans.

2019 Electoral Dynamics:

The 2019 elections witnessed a high-stakes battle between Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. While Irani contested solely from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi adopted a dual-seat strategy, also contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad. Despite losing in Amethi, Rahul emerged victorious in Wayanad, maintaining his presence in the Lok Sabha.

Legal Hurdles for Rahul:

Amidst the political manoeuvring, Rahul Gandhi faces legal challenges, including a defamation case filed against him in 2018. This case, related to derogatory remarks allegedly made against Home Minister Amit Shah, necessitates Rahul’s appearance before the MP/MLA court in Sultanpur. The defamation case underscores the legal complexities entwined with Rahul’s political journey.

The Shah-Rahul Defamation Case:

The defamation case against Rahul Gandhi stems from remarks made during a press conference in Bangalore in 2018. Vijay Mishra, the complainant, accused Rahul of making objectionable statements against Amit Shah, then BJP’s National President. The court issued a warrant against Rahul in December 2023, signalling the legal ramifications of his political rhetoric.


Smriti Irani’s challenge to Rahul Gandhi for the “Only Amethi” contest sets the stage for a riveting electoral showdown in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls. As both leaders navigate legal hurdles and political strategies, the battle for Amethi emerges as a symbolic clash of ideologies and ambitions. Whether Rahul Gandhi accepts Irani’s challenge remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Amethi will once again be the epicentre of political drama and electoral intrigue.

-Prisha Jaiswal

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