Accompanied by her son Rahul, Gandhi, 67, who had won the seat three times earlier, including in a by-election, presented three sets of nomination before district election officer Aditi Singh.
Old family loyalist Satish Sharma and her representative K L Sharma were with her when she filed the papers in which the proposers were Uma Shankar Singh (district president of Congress), Ashok Kumar Singh (former MLA) and Rajaram Tyagi (former MLA).
Before she went into the district collectorate to file the nomination, a 'havan' was performed at the local Congress office in which Sonia and Rahul participated.
While SP has decided not to field anyone against her and Rahul, BJP has fielded Supreme Court lawyer Ajay Aggarwal. The AAP is yet to announce a candidate.
"The people of Rae Bareli have adopted me with immense affection and I hope they will make me victorious again in the election," she told reporters in a brief interaction after filing her nomination.
After done with the formalities of getting into the election fray, Gandhi called on some Muslim clerics which she said had been a tradition from the days of Feroze Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
"We are not in the game or business of polarisation," she told reporters who asked her about her meeting with Jama Masjid Imam Syed Ali Bukhari at her residence in Delhi during which she had said secular votes should not split in the coming election.

Sonia's assets worth over Rs 9 crore
 Congress president Sonia Gandhi has assets worth over Rs.9.28 crore though she does not have a vehicle in her name.
She has movable assets worth Rs. 2.81 crore and immovable assets worth Rs. 6.47 crore, according to the affidavit submitted along with her nomination papers she filed for the Rae Bareli seat.
Taken with the declarations made by her in the last elections, Ms. Gandhi's assets show a six-fold increase. Congress sources said it was only because last time  the declaration of value of assets was based on the book value while this time it was based on market value.
Gandhi has given a loan of Rs. nine lakh to her son Rahul and in her income tax returns for 2012-13 she had shown her income of over Rs. 14.21 lakh.
Among the movable assets, she has Rs. 85,000 in cash, Rs. 66 lakh in banks, RS. 10 lakh worth bonds and shares worth Rs. 1.90 lakh.
 Ms. Gandhi has mutual funds worth Rs. 82.20 lakh, PPF amounting to Rs. 42.49 lakh, National Saving Scheme of Rs. 2.86 lakh and ornaments worth over Rs. 62 lakh.
Among the immovable assets, she has declared an ancestral property in Italy worth Rs. 19.90 lakh besides land valued at Rs. 4.86 crore in Deramandi village, another land worth Rs. 1.40 crore in Sultanpur village, the affidavit said.
Last time while filing her nomination papers from here in 2009, Sonia Gandhi had declared her assets over Rs.1.37 crore.Sonia, who is seeking re-election, came to the Returning Officer’s office here in a cavalcade.

"I hope the people of Rae Bareli continue to support us," she said.

Sonia, who is also the UPA chairperson, was given a rousing reception by enthusiastic party workers who showered rose petals on her car on the way to the Returning Officer’s office where she filed the nomination papers.

Carrying placards, the party workers shouted slogans praising their leaders and waved Congress flags.

Sonia, who is seeking mandate from Rae Bareli for the fourth time, will lock horns with Supreme Court lawyer Ajay Aggarwal fielded by the BJP.  

Sonia contested her first parliamentary election in 1999 from Amethi. In 2004, she shifted to Rae Bareli, vacating Amethi for her son Rahul.

Rae Bareli was the constituency of Sonia's mother-in-law and former prime minister Indira Gandhi. Indira was elected from Rae Bareli in 1960s and also in 1980s. Indira’s husband Feroze Gandhi held the seat in 1950s.


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