Senior CPM leader Prakash Karat reacts to Rahul Gandhi’s announcement to contest in Wayanadu. He said that the party would “work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad”. The CPM-led Left Democratic Front has already fielded CPI’s PP Suneer from the seat.
The Congress party considers this attempt as a fight against those forces who “seek to divide India based on colour, language, based on way of life, based on food habits and based on the clothes you wear”, said senior party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.
“That’s why Rahul Gandhi said ‘I will represent Amethi but I will also represent the southern states for they are an important part of India’s way of life and India’ way forward’,” he added.
On the other hand the Communist party is considering this as move against them. “The decision of Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows their priority now is to fight against Left in Kerala. It goes against Congress’ national commitment to fight BJP, as in Kerala it’s LDF which is the main force fighting BJP there,” Mr Karat said.
Prakash Karat went on to say that “To pick a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that Congress is going to target the Left in Kerala. This is something which we will strongly oppose & in this election we will work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad”.
There were too many speculations regarding the constituency of Rahul Gandhi after the news that the Congress was considering a second seat for Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad. Even the Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the party to clarify what message it was sending out. If Mr Gandhi contested from the state, it would mean that he would be fighting the Left Front and not the BJP, he said.