Amethi Election Result 2019: ‘Giant killer’ Smriti Irani slays Rahul Gandhi in Congress bastion

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Updated:May 23, 2019 6:23:08 pm

Amethi Lok Sabha election result 2019: Rahul Gandhi, who has won from Amethi thrice, was defeated by Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani.

Amethi result live, Amethi election result, Rahul vs SmritiCongress president Rahul Gandhi has conceded defeat in Amethi against Smriti Irani.

Amethi election result: ‘Giant killer’ Smriti Irani won a close battle defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Amethi Lok Sabha seat which has been a citadel of the Gandhi family. Rahul Gandhi represented Amethi thrice in Lok Sabha – 2004, 2009, and 2014.

Conceding defeat, Rahul Gandhi said he respects the decision taken by the people of Amethi.  “I respect the decision taken by the people of Amethi. I hope that Smriti Irani takes care of Amethi, and repays the faith that the people of Amethi have reposed in her,” he said during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

As per updates available till the filing of this report, Smriti Irani ahead by over 30,000 votes against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.


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The Congress has won every election from Amethi barring 1998. Rahul represented this constituency for three consecutive terms since 2004. The constituency was created in 1967 and covers the entire Amethi district. According to the Election Commission data, the constituency has 16.69 lakh electors.

Rahul Gandhi’s image has suffered a significant dent as Smriti Irani managed to upset the top leader of the Congress party in his own backyard. The Congress president has been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha since 2004. He had won elections in 2004 and 2009 by a handsome margin. But in 2014, BJP’s Irani gave him a tough fight, reducing the victory margin to 1.08 lakh from 3.50 lakh in 2009 for Rahul.

While Rahul mostly stayed away from his constituency during the campaign, Irani was seen reaching out to the people of Amethi and listening to their grievances regardless of her loss in 2014. Rahul’s campaign in Amethi was mainly bolstered by his sister Priyanka Gandhi who was made in charge of east UP’s 40 seats including Amethi earlier this year with a hope that her entry into active politics will help the grand old party revive its ground cadre. The Congress’ campaign got a boost when Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, appealed to voters in Amethi and Raebareli parliamentary constituencies to vote for the Congress. The BSP is a part of the grand alliance comprising Samajwadi Party and RLD. The alliance has not fielded anyone against Rahul to avoid division of votes in the opposition camp.

On the other hand, Irani’s campaign saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan hold rallies in the constituency. While the BJP leaders accused Rahul of ignoring the needs of people in the last 15 years, the Congress alleged that BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh stalled several development projects including the food park.

Posters claiming Rahul Gandhi ‘missing’ from his parliamentary constituency appeared in Amethi ahead of the polls. The campaign also saw BJP leaders questioning the nationality of Rahul. The Congress dealt with the situation with Priyanka batting on the front foot for her brother. On the day of the election, Irani accused the Congress of booth capturing and forcing people to press the Congress button against their wishes. Also, Rahul’s absence on the day of polling invited criticism from his political rivals, especially Irani. The EC, however, found that Irani’s booth capturing allegation was bogus.

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    17:54 (IST)23 May 2019
    Congratulate Smriti Irani for Amethi victory: Rahul Gandhi

    "I respect the decision taken by the people of Amethi. I hope that Smriti Irani takes care of Amethi, and repays the faith that the people of Amethi have reposed in her," Rahul Gandhi said. 

    17:51 (IST)23 May 2019
    Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat in Amethi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat in Amethi against BJP's Smriti Irani. " I congratulate Smriti Irani," Rahul Gandhi said.

    17:48 (IST)23 May 2019
    We accept people's verdict: Rahul Gandhi

    Speaking to reporters during a press conference at Congress headquarters in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi congratulated PM Modi and BJP over Lok Sabha election 2019 victory. "We accept the people's verdict," Rahul Gandhi said. 

    17:39 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani leading by 30,000 votes

    Smriti Irani is slowly increasing her lead on Amethi seat. She is now ahead by nearly 30,000  votes against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 

    16:37 (IST)23 May 2019
    Amethi Election Result: Rahul Gandhi trailing

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi is trailing by nearly 19,000 votes against BJP's Smriti Irani from Amethi, a seat which he has represented in Lok Sabha since 2004.

    15:01 (IST)23 May 2019
    Amethi Lok Sabha election result LIVE: Smriti Irani leading by 15,000 votes

    BJP's Smriti Irani has extended her lead against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to over 15,000 votes from Amethi seat in Uttar Pradesh.

    14:34 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani ahead by over 10,000 votes against Rahul Gandhi

    Is Smriti Irani inching towards a famous win in Amethi? The BJP candidate has extended her lead over Rahul Gandhi. She is ahead by over 11,000 votes from Amethi, the stronghold of the Congress.

    13:55 (IST)23 May 2019
    Amethi Lok Sabha election result update

    Smriti Irani extends her lead over Rahul Gandhi on Amethi seat. The BJP candidate is ahead by almost 9,000 votes from th  Congress president.

    12:15 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani extends leads over Rahul Gandhi

    Will Smriti Irani pull of an incredible win against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi? The TV star-turned politician is now leading by over 5,000 votes as per the latest trends available.

    11:17 (IST)23 May 2019
    Rahul Gandhi continues to trail in Amethi

    BJP's Smriti Irani is leading from Amethi in a close contest with Congress President Rahul Gandhi. In early leads, Irani has managed to get 26928 votes and is leading against Gandhi with a margin of 3557 votes. Rahul Gandhi currently trails with 23371 votes from Amethi.

    11:05 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani takes advantageous early lead in close contest

    According to latest reports, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amethi seat Smriti Irani is leading by over 8,000 votes in Amethi against Rahul Gandhi. Amethi is considered a Congress bastion and the party has won every election from Amethi barring 1998 since the seat was created in 1967. Rahul has represented this constituency for three consecutive terms since 2004. 

    11:03 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani leads by over 2,000 votes against Congress president

    According to television reports, Smriti Irani was initially leading by over 2,000 votes in Amethi against Rahul Gandhi. In the 2014 General elections, Irani gave Gandhi a tough fight, reducing the victory margin to 1.08 lakh from 3.50 lakh in 2009 for him. In addition to Amethi, Gandhi is also contesting Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. 

    10:59 (IST)23 May 2019
    Smriti Irani ahead of Rahul Gandhi in initial trends

    In the initial trends, BJP candidate Smriti Irani was ahead of Congress President Rahul Gandhi by 19 votes. During the campaign, while Gandhi scion mostly stayed away from his constituency, Irani was seen reaching out to the people of Amethi and listening to their grievances regardless of her loss in 2014.

    Posters claiming Rahul Gandhi 'missing' from his parliamentary constituency appeared in Amethi ahead of the polls. The campaign also saw BJP leaders questioning the nationality of Rahul. The Congress dealt with the situation with Priyanka batting on the front foot for her brother. The polling in Amethi took place in the fifth phase on May 6. The turnout was 53.48%.