The Hush Post| 12:35 am | one-minute-read
It’s official. Apart from Amethi, Congress supremo Rahul Gandhi will also contest from Wayanad in Kerala in the 2019 General Elections though the reason given by the party seems more a pretension than rationale.
According to the Congress leader AK Anthony, “All southern states have requested the Congress president to contest from their states. After enough deliberations he has decided to contest from Wayanad, which shares its borders with two other states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,” said Antony while announcing this.
However, keen watcher of political affairs say that Smriti Irani Malhotra gave quite a fight to Rahul Gandhi in the last elections bringing down the victory margin from more than 3 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014. And this clearly has Congress worried. For this reason, Rahul has chosen Wayanad as another constituency from where he will fight elections.
The Congress is clearly lagging behind the BJP and still is in a thinking mode — still bargaining seats with so-called coalition partners while BJP is already executing its plans having thought through the plan well in advance.
Meanwhile, the party workers from Wayanad have greeted the Congress president’s candidature from the north Kerala constituency bursting crackers, distributing sweets and taking out rallies in different parts of the state.
Braving the sweltering sun in Wayanad, workers came out into the streets in large numbers to express their joy.
Confusion and uncertainty had reigned supreme since last Saturday after former chief minister Oommen Chandy and opposition leaders Ramesh Chennithala had hinted about Rahul Gandhi’s possible candidature from the Karnataka seat.
“It is an honour for the state. We will ensure record margin to him,” said DCC president IC Balakrishnan. PCC president Mullapally Ramachandran, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former CM Oommen Chandy said it was a big honor for the state.
“Come here only for filing nominations. Rest is assured. Your presence will be needed in other parts of the country. It is our duty to ensure a historic win from Kerala,” read a poster that appeared in Kalpetta, the headquarters of the hilly district.
A party bastion, Wayanad (450 kms north of the state capital) shares the borders with two states- Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. A relatively new seat, it was carved out from Malappuram and Kozhikkode during the delimitation exercise of 2008.
The ruling Left Democratic Front has fielded CPI’s PP Suneer and in NDA the seat has been given to the BDJS (Bhartiya Dharma Jana Sangam), an outfit being floated by the backward Ezhava community).
Left parties are clearly worried over Rahul Gandhi’s entry in Kerala.