Rahul Gandhi to contest from Kerala along with Amethi, Congress president contest second seat from Wayanad in Kerala. After the Congress announced Rahul Gandhi’s decision, Prakash Karat said, “To pick a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that Congress is going to target the Left in Kerala.”
Veteran leader AK Antony said the decision was following persistent requests from party units in the three southern states of Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
He added, “To pick a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that 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”.
This is not the first time the top leader of the Congress is contesting from a seat in the south. In 1999, Sonia Gandhi defeated Sushma Swaraj in Karnataka’s Bellary; Chikamagulur in the same state had hosted a comeback by Indira Gandhi in 1978 after her post-Emergency defeat.