Sanjay could bag only 34 percent votes and his opponent, Ravindra Pratap Singh, a resident of Kohra village garnered over 60 percent votes. However, Sanjay did not lose heart even after failing to win.

Unfazed by the outcome of his previous outing, Sanjay Gandhi contested again from Amethi in 1980 and defeated his arch-rival Ravindra Pratap Singh, who made him bite the dust three years ago.

Due to Congress’ proximity with Amethi’s royal family, Sanjay Gandhi went there for the first time in 1976.

After a year, Sanjay Gandhi made his mind to test the political waters of Amethi with the support of ‘Raja of Amethi’ Sanjay Singh. The constituency hogged national attention due to presence of Sanjay Gandhi. But the results were a spoiler for the Congress leader. The poll outcome was influenced by changed circumstances which prevailed in the emergency era.

Though Sanjay Gandhi died in an air-crash after the polls, Amethi eventually went on to become one of the safest seats of Nehru-Gandhi family.


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