Rahul Gandhi to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad, leaves CPM angry 

Arunima Bajaj  Monday 1st of April 2019 10:17 AM
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Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: In addition to Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, the Congress, on Sunday, announced the party president, Rahul Gandhi, will also contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, in Kerala.

While announcing the decision at a news conference, senior Congress leader AK Antony said, “Rahul ji has given his consent to contest from two seats. I’m happy to inform you that he will also contest from Wayanad in Kerala.”

The decision infuriated the Left. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said “it goes against the Congress's commitment to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party.” It accused the Congress of losing the plot before the Lok Sabha election and swore that it would work towards defeating Rahul Gandhi.

The CPM leader Prakash Karat also added, “To pick a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that the Congress is going to target the Left in Kerala. This is something which we will strongly oppose and in this election. We will work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad.”

Meanwhile, the BJP seems to be determined not let the Congress have it so easy. The BJP president, Amit Shah, took a dig at Gandhi and said that Gandhi has “escaped” to Kerala “in a bid to win on the politics of polarization.”

As a part of seat-sharing between the BJP and Bharatiya Dharma Jana Sangam, the latter has stated that if Rahul Gandhi contests from Wayanad, it will vacate the seat for its senior partner in the National Democratic Alliance.




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