India’s main opposition party president Rahul Gandhi has just filed his nomination in his family stronghold Amethi, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
He travelled to the district office in a 3km procession where he was cheered by thousands of party supporters.
He has been the MP of the constituency for 15 years and is campaigning for a fourth term.
Rahul Gandhi’s performance in Amethi – a seat he has already won three times – will be closely watched.
In 2014, he won by a majority of a little over 100,000 votes – which was seen as being too close given that the constituency is seen as a family stronghold. He is up against his same rival from then – BJP MP Smriti Irani who led a spirited campaign against him.
Ms Irani has wasted no time attacking Mr Gandhi.
His decision to also contest from Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala has been called an “insult” by Ms Irani. Some of his critics have said that the second nomination showed that he was afraid that he would lose in Amethi, although the party says it is actually to allow the party to build a base in the south.
Be that as it may, losing Amethi is just not an option for Mr Gandhi. There is way too much at his stake – most of all his reputation and credibility as a leader.
His supporters are confident though. One of them told the BBC’s Geeta Pandey who is at the rally, that this time Mr Gandhi would win by 500,000 votes and no-one would vote for Ms Irani.