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Lok Sabha results: Smriti Irani ahead of RaGa in Amethi, and Twitter can't handle it

On Twitter, this battle has garnered a lot of attention.

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Updated: May 23, 2019, 07.58 PM IST
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Congress stronghold Amethi is turning out to be a potboiler with Smriti Irani (L) giving Rahul Gandhi (R) tough competition.
As counting continues for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP wave seems to be sweeping over the country once again.

Congress stronghold Amethi is turning out to be a potboiler with Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani giving Rahul Gandhi tough competition. In early trends, the BJP leader was ahead by a margin of 20,000 votes when counting had commenced. As we write this, she holds a slender lead of over 3,000 votes.

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Amethi has been Gandhi's constituency since 2004, but the trends aren't showing a positive picture for the Congress scion, who is however leading in Wayanad.

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But even before the final results are out, the Smriti-vs-Rahul battle has led to a flood of reactions and memes on Twitter.

Meanwhile, as the numbers tilted in her favour, Irani also took to Twitter to celebrate.

And even as the number-crunching goes on, it's clear that the jokes have just begun. Clearly.

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Leading The Gandhi-Wagon

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Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are the children of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. Rahul, the elder son, has been fighting the family's political battle upfront from the Indian National Congress (INC) since 2004. Priyanka, on the other hand, joined the political race in January this year.The Gandhi scion, who is the chairperson of Indian Youth Congress, is an MP representing his father's constituency Amethi. His political career began in 2004 when he won elections from Amethi. The 48-year-old was re-elected to the Parliament in 2009 and served till 2014. This year, he contested elections from Amethi in UP and Wayanad in Kerala.Priyanka, who is married to Robert Vadra, never stepped on the political battle field until this year. Earlier, the 47-year-old used her skills of pulling the crowds together in favour of her family. In 2004, she supported and supervised her family's campaign. Being a popular figure in the Amethi constituency, she was appointed the Congress' General Secretary and in-charge of east UP in January this year. She also planned rallies for her brother and campaigned actively for for him in this year's elections.
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