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pocket borough

(before the Reform Act of 1832) an English borough constituency controlled by one person or family who owned the land
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Thursday was a rare occasion when all three members of the Nehru- Gandhi family -- Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka Vadra -- were in the family pocket boroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi on the same day, indicating that they have begun the preparations for the 2014 general election.
Deploying Priyanka in the family pocket boroughs is an effort to resurrect the party.
In March this year, during one of her rallies on the eve of the UP polls, some people made a veiled attack on Priyanka for her infrequent visits to the Congress's pocket boroughs.
THE ONE clear indicator that marks the extent of Rahul Gandhi's failure to make a dent in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections is the poor showing of Congress candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Gandhi family pocket boroughs.