“I was not getting personal against the later but only intended to point out a fact that he had not mentioned wife's name in affidavit,” he told reporters after filing his nomination papers.

Rahul filed the nomination papers in the presence of his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra.

The Congress vice-president expressed confidence that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would form the government for the third consecutive term.

“I have been working in Amethi for 10 years... We have family ties with Amethi, it will be a good victory,” he said.

Rahul also rubbished opinion polls that predict the decline of Congress.

“Opinion polls have projected the Congress defeat earlier also. Like 2004 and 2009, it will be proved wrong again,” he said.

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Before filing the nomination papers, Rahul participated in a roadshow from Gauriganj to the Collectorate in a bid to woo the voters in his home turf.

Notably, Rahul is locked in a triangular contest with Bharatiya Janata Party's Smriti Irani and Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency this time. 

The Congress scion had earlier on Friday raked up the issue of Modi's marriage to target the BJP. 
"Don't know how many elections he has contested till now but he has revealed for the first time that he is married. In Delhi, he talks about honour of women, but his own wife's name doesn't reach the affidavit," he said while addressing a gathering in Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi has for the first time declared himself as a married man by revealing his wife's name as Jashodaben in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission along with his nomination papers for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.
The Congress has also approached the Election Commission over the issue of Modi’s marital status and demanded the poll body to initiate action against the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for allegedly ‘hiding’ facts in election affidavits filed by him in the past.

Congress leaders take jibe at Modi

Modi emerged as the favourite punching bag for Congress leaders on social media on Saturday as they targeted him for finally admitting his marital status.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted a couplet to take a veiled jibe at Modi telling him no one has been able to flourish by speaking lies lifelong.

"Badha na paya koi apni shaan jhooth bolkar, Magar who chu raha hai aasman jhooth bolkar. Magar wo chu raha hai asman jhooth bolkar, kabhi to sacchi baat kar kabhi to such se pyar kar chali hai kis ki umr bhar dukan jhooth bolkar," he said in his tweets. Singh, however, did not name Modi.

"He is not living with his wife, he should have taken divorce.If he is married, why is he lying. Poor Jasodaben is living separately for past 35 years. How can a person, who cannot respect woman in his home, respect the nation?” he added.


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