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Rahul Gandhi to contest from Kerala

Ideal seat as it is located in the trijunction of TN, Kerala and Karnataka: Congress. After dilly-dallying for over a week, the Congress on Sunday finally announced that its president Rahul Gandhi will contest from a second Lok Sabha seat, Wayanad in Kerala, to “espouse the aspirations of South India”.

With this, Rahul would be following in the footsteps of grandmother Indira Gandhi, who had contested from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and Medak (now in Telangana) in her comeback elections in 1980, and mother Sonia, who had contested from Amethi in UP and Bellary (Karnataka) in her maiden electoral fight in 1999.

Rahul’s decision, in line with the Gandhis looking South when in crisis, appears to be a bid to make a larger political statement — that, unlike his prime challenger, Narendra Modi, he is not confining himself to the North. Rahul is also contesting from Amethi, from where he has won thrice earlier. The BJP has again fielded Union minister Smriti Irani against him.

However, the decision also leaves Rahul open to the charge — both from the BJP openly, and the Left silently — that, unlike Wayanad, Amethi may no longer be a safe seat for the Congress president.


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