NEW DELHI ― In a bid to support the Congress’ place in south India, birthday party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala but even so his conventional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
Veteran Congress chief from Kerala and previous Defence Minister A Okay Antony made this announcement at a press convention right here Sunday, announcing Gandhi had consented to combating from Wayanad following requests from the birthday party’s state unit.
The verdict observed as an try through the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, particularly Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28.
“This can be a message to the southern states that they’re deeply valued and revered. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has mentioned he’s going to constitute Amethi however may even constitute southern states as they’re a very powerful a part of India’s way of living, Congress leader spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned.
He mentioned Gandhi has mentioned Amethi his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he’s going to by no means go away it.
The announcement evoked sharp reactions from each the Left and the Proper of the political spectrum.
Reacting to the advance, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat mentioned that the verdict of the Congress to box Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad displays that the birthday party needs to take at the Left in Kerala.
“Their precedence now’s to struggle in opposition to the Left in Kerala. It is going in opposition to Congress’ nationwide dedication to struggle BJP, as in Kerala it’s LDF which is the primary pressure combating BJP there,” he advised journalists. The CPI(M) ex-Common Secretary mentioned his birthday party will paintings to make sure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad.
BJP leader Amit Shah additionally took a pointy dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh.
“Congress’ votebank politics has labored on enjoying with the safety of the rustic. It’s the results of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala as a result of he is aware of that citizens will search account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah mentioned.
Previous, Surjewala mentioned the state devices of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had asked him to contest from south India at a time when there may be assault at the language and tradition from the Modi executive, he mentioned.
“This can be a struggle to espouse the aspirations of south India. This can be a struggle to present a befitting answer to these forces that assault cultures, languages, way of living and in addition the deep attach between north and south India between which BJP has created a department,” he mentioned.
On BJP’s grievance that Gandhi’s is “no longer very sturdy” in Amethi, Surjewala mentioned: “Why doesn’t BJP resolution why Moddi ji left Gujarat and went to Varanasi. Does that imply that his situation used to be dangerous in Gujarat. As a substitute of discussing those form of immature issues, they must speak about key political problems. Why is BJP so scared.”
In a swipe at Union Minister Smriti Irani who’s contesting in opposition to Gandhi in Amethi, he mentioned, “Pehle Delhi mein Chandni Chowk ne haraya, phir Amethi ne bhagaya. Jis mantri mahoyadaya ki charcha kar rahe hain, jinko price ticket di hai, ab haar ki hattrick ka mahaul bana hai (First misplaced from Chandni Chowk, then Amethi. And now, the minister in query has created an environment of a hat-trick of defeats)”.
Surjewala mentioned the folk of Amethi accept as true with the truth that they’re safe with Rahul Gandhi being there.
“The BJP has the duty of conspiracy whilst we now have the duty of building,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Wayanad has a singular geographical function because it hyperlinks all of the 3 states of Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri, Karnataka’s Mysore and has the geographical and cultural illustration of the 3 states.
“This is the reason birthday party determined that Gandhi will, in some way, constitute the 3 states and fortify the solidarity between north and south India.
Senior Congress chief Antony mentioned Wayanad is positioned in Kerala, but in addition surrounded through Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
“In some way it’ll fulfill the requests of 3 southern states,” he mentioned.
There have been many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the previous defence minister mentioned, including that some of the primary causes for attention used to be that this can be a trijunction of the 3 southern states.
“Amethi and Rahul shouldn’t have a political dating. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. This is a circle of relatives dating and can’t be damaged through BJP’s politics,” Surjewala mentioned.
He mentioned when the Congress executive will likely be shaped with the blessings of 130 crore Indians, Rahul Gandhi will constitute each and every nook of the rustic in a larger means.
“We can speak about in regards to the long term slowly,” he mentioned in respond to a query on whether or not Gandhi will retain Amethi or Wayanad seat if he wins each.
“Don’t query Amethi’s intelligence. Amethi has selected Rajiv ji, Sonia ji and Rahul ji in tough cases. They accept as true with the truth that this nation’s control and Amethi is protected within the palms of Rahul Gandhi. No person can smash the bond between Amethi and Rahul and least of all BJP,” he mentioned.
Congress had received 8 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but even so two through its best friend Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one through Kerala Congress (Mani) and one through Modern Socialist Celebration (RSP).
The birthday party is hoping to additional consolidate its place this time within the state.
Wayanad district is within the north jap a part of Kerala and homes more than a few tribal teams of the state. The realm used to be badly affected because of ultimate 12 months’s floods.