Moving Out of Wayanad to ‘Lead India: Kerala Congress Chief Clarifies Rahul Gandhi’s Constituency Dilemma

Paromita Das

GG News Bureau

New Delhi, 14th June. In a recent political development, at a roadshow in Kerala’s Malappuram on June 12th, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, has publicly expressed uncertainty indicating that he was torn between the Wayanad and Raebareli constituencies. The Congress leader won Lok Sabha elections from both Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, and he must leave one constituency before taking oath as a Lok Sabha member. This announcement has sparked discussions and speculations within political circles and among the public.

The Dilemma

Rahul Gandhi, who has been a Member of Parliament from Wayanad in Kerala, mentioned he is facing a dilemma over choosing between the two constituencies. This statement has led to varied interpretations and reactions from his party members and opponents alike. His successful tenure in Wayanad, where he has enjoyed considerable support, contrasts with his earlier electoral setbacks, such as losing his traditional family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi said, “What I will commit to you is that both Wayand and Raebareli will be happy with my decision.” Rahul Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that he was led by ‘his God, the poor of the country, the people of Wayanad,’ as opposed to the latter, ‘who was prompted by God to take significant decisions benefitting Adani and Ambani.’

The 53-year-old alleged, “I have a dilemma in front of me – Will I be a Member of Parliament of Wayanad or Raebareli? Unfortunately, like the Prime Minister, I am not guided by God. I am a human being. You saw how the Prime Minister said ‘400-paar’ which disappeared and then came ‘300-paar.’ After that, he said, ‘I am not biological. I have not made any decision. I have been put on this earth by ‘Parmatma’ and he takes decisions.’ His strange ‘Parmatma’ makes him take all the decisions in favour of Ambani and Adani. He tells him to give Bombay airport, Lucknow airport and power plants to Adani and help him with schemes like ‘Agniveer.’ Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of receiving instructions from God. For me, it’s much simpler. My God is the poor people of India, the people of Wayanad. I go and talk to those people and my God tells me what to do.”

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Kerala Congress Chief’s Response

Amidst the buzz, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President K. Sudhakaran stepped in to address the situation. Sudhakaran remarked that Rahul Gandhi’s potential departure from Wayanad should not be viewed as abandonment but rather as a strategic move to take on a larger role in national politics. “Rahul Gandhi is leaving Wayanad to lead India,” he stated, emphasizing that Gandhi’s contributions and leadership extend far beyond a single constituency.

K Sudhakaran said while speaking at the public event organised for Rahul Gandhi to thank his supporters, “It is sad to hear that Rahul Gandhi is leaving Wayanad. Rahul Gandhi cannot stay in Wayanad to lead India. A mother was crying because Rahul Gandhi was leaving Wayanad which made me sad as well. We don’t have to be sad”.

He added, “We should not be upset as Rahul Gandhi who is supposed to lead the nation cannot be expected to remain in Wayanad. Therefore, we should not be sad. Everyone should understand that and give all their wishes and support to him.”

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Leadership and National Role

Sudhakaran’s assertion underscores the broader ambitions of the Congress party, positioning Rahul Gandhi as a pivotal figure in their national strategy. This move is seen as an effort to reinforce Gandhi’s image as a pan-Bharatiya leader, capable of addressing issues that resonate across the country. By considering constituencies in different states, Rahul Gandhi aims to strengthen the Congress’s presence and appeal to a diverse voter base.

Implications for Wayanad

For the people of Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi’s potential shift to another constituency could be a significant change. During his term, Gandhi has been involved in various developmental projects and initiatives aimed at improving the region’s socio-economic status. His departure might raise concerns among his supporters about the continuity of these projects. However, Sudhakaran assured that the Congress party remains committed to Wayanad’s development and will ensure that Gandhi’s successor continues to uphold these efforts.

Political Strategies and Future Prospects

Notably, despite all of the bluster and chest-thumping, the grand old party failed to reach three digits and was limited to 99 seats despite being in opposition for ten years in a row, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was reduced to 240 seats. The National Democratic Alliance, led by the Saffron Party, won 293 seats, while Congress’ I.N.D.I. Alliance won 232 seats.

Rahul Gandhi’s constituency dilemma also reflects broader electoral strategies within the Congress party. By evaluating different constituencies, the party aims to maximize its electoral gains and reinforce its position in key states. This approach might involve identifying regions where Gandhi’s influence and campaigning can have the most substantial impact, thereby bolstering the party’s overall performance in the national elections.

Conclusion

Rahul Gandhi’s contemplation over which constituency to represent highlights the dynamic nature of electoral politics in Bharat. While his potential departure from Wayanad might be a cause of concern for his supporters there, it signifies a strategic move aimed at strengthening his and the Congress party’s national footprint. Kerala Congress Chief K. Sudhakaran’s reassurance reflects the party’s commitment to both Wayanad and the broader goal of national leadership. As the political landscape evolves, Rahul Gandhi’s decisions will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the Congress party’s future trajectory.

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