Ending speculation, Congress Sunday announced that party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala along with Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The announcement was made by senior party leader AK Antony at a press conference here.
“Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala,” Antony said. There were several requests for Rahul to contest from Wayanad, he added.
Attacking the Congress president, P Vijayan said that Rahul Gandhi is one among the 20 candidates and doesn’t need to be seen as anyone different. If Wayanad is symbolic of south India, no one in Kerala is going to see this as Gandhi’s battle against BJP.
Kerala CM added that Rahul Gandhi should have contested from a constituency where BJP candidate is in the race. This is nothing but a fight against the Left.
CPM ex-General Secretary Prakash Karat said a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that Congress is going lock horns against Left in Kerala. CPM will strongly oppose Congress’ move and CPM will work to defeat Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad.
He added that the decision is against Congress’ national commitment to fight against BJP, as in Kerala it’s LDF which is the main force fighting BJP.