BJP declares Dinesh Pratap Singh as Raebareli candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Who is he?

BJP declares Dinesh Pratap Singh as Raebareli candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

Akriti Anand
Updated2 May 2024, 05:37 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: UP minister Dinesh Pratap Singh is BJP candidate for Raebareli Lok Sabha seat
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: UP minister Dinesh Pratap Singh is BJP candidate for Raebareli Lok Sabha seat

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday declared Dinesh Pratap Singh as its candidate from the Raebareli seat for the Lok Sabha Election 2024. Raebareli, a Gandhi family stronghold, has been won by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi four consecutive times. 

The BJP also fielded Karan Bhushan Singh from Kaiserganj. He is the younger son of former WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the sitting Kaiserganj MP.

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Who is Dinesh Pratap Singh?

Dinesh Pratap Singh is a Uttar Pradesh Minister of State (Independent Charge) and a BJP leader. He had fought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Raebareli constituency and was defeated by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. 

Singh was earlier in the Congress party. He became a member of the Legislative Council from Congress for the first time in 2010 and for the second time in 2016. He quit the Congress and joined the BJP in 2018. 

The BJP then fielded him as its candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections against Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli. In 2022, Dinesh Pratap Singh became an MLC for the third time by winning with record votes on the BJP's ticket, Hindustan reported.

After being nominated as the BJP's Raebareli candidate, Dinesh Pratap Singh said, “...I assure the country that farewell of 'nakli' Gandhis from Raebareli is certain. It is certain that BJP's 'lotus' will bloom, and the Congress will lose.” 

Dinesh Pratap Singh added, “I have even fought against four-time MP Sonia Gandhi, so Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi are not important to me. Whichever Gandhi comes to Rae Bareli, they will lose.” 

Who will be the Congress candidate from Raebareli this time?

Raebareli has been the Congress' stronghold. Congress veteran Sonia Gandhi has been an MP from Raebareli since 2004. Earlier this year, she announced that she'll not contest the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Ever since the announcement, speculations have been rife that her daughter Priyanka Gandhi may contest the Raebareli seat. Her posters were also recently seen in the constituency.

Amid the suspense over the Congress' nominees from Amethi and Raebareli, sources told news agency PTI on Thursday that the party has prepared an alternative plan in case Priyanka Gandhi Vadra does not contest from Raebareli. They said that for the Congress bastion, a grandson of former Congress leader and Indira Gandhi's aunt Sheila Kaul may be fielded.

 

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First Published:2 May 2024, 05:37 PM IST
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