[pullquote]The Congress has said, considering the demands of Kerala workers, Rahul took the decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala as well
Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan said Rahul was not against BJP, as is evident from his decision to fight against Left coalition
Rahul elected thrice from Amethi, won the last time with the lowest margin[/pullquote]
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest the Lok Sabha elections from two seats. In a press conference by the party, it was said that keeping in mind the demands of the workers coming from Kerala, the party president has decided to contest from Wayanad along with Amethi.
Senior Congress leader AK Antony said, “It is a matter of great happiness. For the last several weeks, there was a demand that Rahul should contest from south India also. Demands were coming from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. After discussions, it was decided that Rahul would contest from Wayanad seat.”
Congress spokesman Randeep S Surjewala said Rahul’s relationship with Amethi is unmatched. The party president’s relationship with Amethi is not in the capacity of a representative of the constituency alone.
Strategically significant Wayanad
“Rahul Gandhi has given his consent to contest from two seats. Very happy to inform you that he will also contest from Wayanad in Kerala. #LokSabhaElections2019,” ANI reported.
AK Antony,Congress: Rahul ji has given his consent to contest from two seats, very happy to inform you that he will also contest from Wayanad in Kerala. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/Rt7IDNxr0D
— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2019
Antony said there were several reasons for choosing Wayanad for Gandhi. This seat is very important in cultural and geographical terms, the Kerala leader said.
It adjoins Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Congress president will be represented in a way the whole south India gets represented by him in this election, Antony said.
Also read: How the Congress arrived at this decision
Left disturbed by decision
Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said that the Congress’s decision to field Rahul from Wayanad reflects its priority in Kerala where it is against the Left coalition. This is against its national commitment to fight against the BJP, Karat said.
Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan said that Rahul should contest from such a seat in the state where BJP is the opponent. This is nothing but a fight against the Left, Vijayan said.
Kerala CM says Rahul fighting against Left not BJP, vows to defeat him
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) March 31, 2019
Why Amethi is now risky for Rahul
In Amethi, the BJP has fielded Union minister Smriti Irani this time again. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rahul had defeated her by 1.07 lakh votes. However, this margin of Rahul’s victory was much lower than that in 2009 when Rahul had won by 3.70 lakh votes.
Gandhi has been elected as an MP from Amethi thrice since 2004. The chances of Irani upsetting Gandhi in Amethi have gone up due to the fact that the AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had taken away a chunk of the anti-Congress votes in 2014 while the poet-politician has virtually bid adieu to politics following serious differences with Arvind Kejriwal.