The Hush Post | 8:08 pm | Two-minute read
There was a unanimous choice when AICC leadership asked KPCC to suggest a safe constituency for Rahul Gandhi.
Lying in north Kerala, Wayanad shares border with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In the Congress camp, it is the most sought after seat. In the first elections in 2009, Congress leader M I Shanavas won from Wayanad with a margin of over 1.5 lakh. Again he won from the same constituency with a margin of over 20,000 votes.
From Wayanad, BJP had allotted the seat to BDJS but now the chances are high that some senior leader from BJP will contest.
This constituency comprises of three assembly segments each from Wayanad and Mallapuram districts and one from Kozhikode. However, the Hindu population in Wayanad is 49.7%. Other than this, the Christian and Muslim communities’ population is 21.5% and 28.8% respectively. In Mallapuram, 70.4% of the population is of Muslims. There are 27.5% Hindus over there and only 2% are Christians. So, across the constituency, the total percentage of Muslims is 56%. Therefore, the Congress is hoping to bag the great share of the minority voters by making Rahul Gandhi contest elections from here.
The strategy for the same is that the minorities, especially the Muslims will consider Rahul Gandhi as a suitable replacement of Narendra Modi. Before taking this decision, the party high command had a word with Muslim League Supremo from the constituency, Panakad Hyderali Shihab.
The farmer unrest in the region due to financial and other reasons have resulted in growth of Maoist activities. Congress can start a two-pronged campaign, putting state and central governments in the dock, effectively here.
The SC and ST community in Wayanad is highest in the whole state. Another issue of this area is the Dalit rights. This factor will give Rahul Gandhi a clear edge among the SC/ST voters.
Mullapally Ramachandran and K C Venugopal will look after the campaigns here. Gandhi will be free to carry the campaign after submitting the nomination papers.