Rahul Gandhi who was accompanied by his sister and mother to Amethi, filed his nomination papers on Saturday.
He also declared his financial worth at Rs 9.40 crore. He claimed to have movable assets worth Rs 8.07 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 1.33 crore.
After filing his nominations he briefly spoke to the press and clarified that his comments on Narendra Modi were not meant to be personal and he was simply stating facts that Modi had hidden details about it earlier. He said, “I did not get personal against Narendra Modi; only pointed out a fact that he had not mentioned wife’s name in affidavit.”
He made no mention or comment about the latest allegations made about his mother and UPA party chief Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru in his latest book.
He also said Congress had been written off by the opinion polls in 2004 as well as 2009 but those did not prove to be correct. "They (opinion polls) kept saying Congress will lose but you know what happened," he said, referring to his party's unexpected victories in last two Lok Sabha elections.
Asked about polarising statements made by leaders of various political parties, he said attempts to polarise elections take place every time and Congress will take everybody along.
Rahul said he had focussed on three things for development of Amethi -- working with women bodies, connecting the area with national highways and railways and developing food park. He will focus on these issues in the future also to generate more employment for youths, he said.
Rahul along with Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra, reached Amethi after conducting a roadshow through adjoining Sultanpur where his cousin Varun Gandhi is contesting on a BJP ticket. The roadshow was conducted on a 42-km stretch between Amhart in Sultanpur and Gauriganj in Amethi.
Amethi is going to polls on May 7 and Rahul is contesting for the third consecutive time to retain the seat. The event evoked curiosity as this is for the first time Rahul is organising such a political campaign from Sultanpur constituency where another Gandhi family member if fighting against a Congress candidate.