Remain or resign? Rahul keeps Wayanad guessing

The state Congress leadership gave enough indication that he may vacate Wayanad with KPCC president K Sudhakaran saying voters of the constituency are sad that Rahul is leaving them.
Rahul gandhi attending rally at edavanna in malappuram.
Rahul gandhi attending rally at edavanna in malappuram.Express Photo

KALPETTA : Choosing not to break the suspense over which seat he will vacate, Rahul Gandhi, elected from both Wayanad and Rae Bareli, on Wednesday said he will take a call only after listening to the people of both constituencies.

However, the state Congress leadership gave enough indication that he may vacate Wayanad with KPCC president K Sudhakaran saying voters of the constituency are sad that Rahul is leaving them.

Addressing a gathering at Malappuram district’s Edavanna, which falls under Wayanad constituency, Rahul said unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is guided by the paramatma, he takes decision by himself. “Modi said he is not biological and is instructed by paramatma. I am an ordinary human being and for me the people are the paramatma. I act as instructed by the people. So, I have to listen to what the people of Wayanad and Rae Bareli say,” he said.

In his speech at Kalpetta, Rahul took a jibe at the BJP and Modi for attacking the Constitution by espousing the ‘one language, one nation’ idea during the election campaign.

“BJP leaders thought just because they had power, ED, CBI, Income Tax, they could dictate to the people. The Election Commission designed the polling dates to favour the PM. But people of Ayodhya and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and the entire nation showed that they do not support hatred. The people showed that our different languages, cultures, religions should be protected,” he said. 

Congress and I will fulfil promises to Wayanad

Rahul thanked voters, including LDF supporters, in Wayanad. “When I was interrogated by ED officials for 55 hours, BJP gave 2-year jail sentence and filed over 20 cases against me, the people of Wayanad supported me throughout. Our bond goes beyond the election and you treated me like a family member. I will remember it all my life,” Rahul said.

“The Congress party and I will fulfil the commitments on several issues concerning Wayanad such as night-travel ban, medical college hospital and wild animal attacks. Many are speculating over whether I would choose Wayanad or Rae Bareli. Right now, everybody knows the answer, except me who should make the decision. I promise whatever decision I take will benefit both Wayanad and Rae Bareli,” he said in Kalpetta.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders like Sudhakaran, V D Satheesan and K C Venugopal expressed their support to Rahul if he chose Rae Bareli.

In his address, Sudhakaran said the voters in Wayanad are both happy and sad. “We are proud of Rahul Gandhi leading national politics. But when we hear Rahul Gandhi leaving Wayanad, we feel sad. We feel that Rahul Gandhi is forsaking us,” he said.

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who was expected to accompany Rahul, did not turn up. Meanwhile, posters have appeared in some parts of Wayanad, asking Priyanka to contest the seat in case Rahul vacates it.

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