Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has already announced his nomination from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh is likely to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad seat, sources reported.
The Congress leadership had been under pressure from leaders in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala to field Rahul Gandhi from a constituency in southern India, apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The announcement comes just two weeks ahead from the commencement of the Lok Sabha elections.
Responding to reporters AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy said, “We’re requesting Rahul Gandhi to contest from South India. We requested him to contest from Wayanad constituency. We hope the decision will be positive. I’ve discussed it with the proposed candidate for Wayanad constituency & he welcomed it.”
As per reports, Rahul Gandhi was expected to choose from Bangalore Central, Kanniyakumari and Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, Bidar, and Mysuru from Karnataka, and Wayanad in Kerala.
Addressing a press conference, KPCC President Mullapally Ramachandran said, “We requested Congress chief to contest from Wayanad we hope he will consider our request.”
However, there has been no official confirmation from Congress. Meanwhile, BJP said that Rahul Gandhi fears of losing the contest from Amethi. Rahul will face-off BJP’s Smriti Irani.
Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest election from a southern state would impact the morale of party workers across the southern states, particularly in Kerala and Karnataka. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Congress chief KS Alagiri, who wanted Gandhi to contest from his state, had predicted that the Congress president would be seen as a leader “connecting the north and south” if he contests from a southern state.