After days of speculations, Congress party on Friday in a press conference announced that Rahul Gandhi would be contesting from two seats- Amethi and Wayanad for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Kerala Congress leader A K Antony and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala confirmed the move, said, “Wayanad is at the junction of three states. Rahul ji has given his consent to contest from two seats.”
This is the first time Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from two seats.
Soon after the announcement, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Rahul Gandhi should’ve contested from a constituency where BJP is contesting.
“He’s fighting in one of the 20 constituencies (in Kerala) and doesn’t need to be seen as any different. We’ll fight him. He should’ve contested from a constituency where BJP is contesting, it’s nothing but a fight against Left,” Vijayan said.
Earlier, there have been speculations have been doing rounds about Rahul Gandhi’s second seat. After these reports emerged, Union Minister Smriti Irani mocked Rahul Gandhi saying that people of Amethi have thrown Rahul Gandhi out.
Wayanad, one of Congress stronghold, was formed in 2009. The seat has been lying vacant since the death of Congress leader M.I. Shanawaz in 2018.
In 2014, Rahul Gandhi had won from Amethi seat defeating BJP’s Smriti Irani by almost 1.07 lakh votes.