Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Wayanad and Raebareli will be happy with my decision, assures Rahul Gandhi

Even though Rahul did not reveal his decision, his speech almost resembled a farewell address as he thanked the people of Wayanad for supporting him during difficult times.
Last Updated : 12 June 2024, 07:36 IST

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Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he was in a dilemma whether to remain as MP of Kerala's Wayanad or represent Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli.

Rahul added that what he could commit now is that both Wayanad and Raebareli will be happy with his decision.

Rahul was addressing the maiden reception accorded to him at Wayanad constituency after winning the Lok Sabha election for the second consecutive time.

Even though Rahul did not reveal his decision, his speech almost resembled a farewell address as he thanked the people of Wayanad for supporting him during difficult times.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president K Sudhakaran even hinted in his address that Rahul might vacate the Wayanad seat.

"Now there is a dilemma in front of me. Whether I should remain as Wayanad MP or Raebareli MP. Unfortunately, like prime minister Narendra Modi I am not guided by god. I am guided by the poor people of this country. So it is easy for me to take decision by talking to the people. What I will commit now is that both Raebareli and Wayanad will be happy with my decision," said Rahul.

Rahul said that people of Wayanad kept their faith and supported him like a family member when the BJP targeted him using ED and also when a Gujarat court convicted him for two year jail term over his alleged 'Modi surname' remark. He also recollected that the people of Wayanad even offered their houses to him when the government asked him to vacate his house. He said that he would remember all those throughout his life.

Rahul also assured that he and the Congress would ensure that pressing issues of Wayanad like night traffic ban, man-animal conflict and inadequate medical infrastructure would be addressed.

Holding a copy of the Constitution in his hand, Rahul said that this election was a fight to protect the Constitution.

"Before the election the BJP was stating that they would alter the Constitution and dictate terms to the people on the traditions and history they should follow, the language they speak and the food they eat. But after the election Modi could be seen praying with the Constitution," Rahul said, noting that the people of India had shown that they would not be dictated terms.

Rahul was given a rousing welcome at Edavanna in Malappuram, which comes under the Wayanad constituency, and Kalpetta town in Wayanad. A road show attended by Rahul witnessed massive participation and the party workers and supporters raised 'Wayanad for Rahul' banners.

Rahul had won the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 3.6 lakh votes and Raebareli with a margin of 3.9 lakh votes.

There is a strong demand among the voters of Wayanad that in case Rahul quits Wayand, his sister and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi should contest from there. Priyanka had also campaigned for Rahul in Wayanad.

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Published 12 June 2024, 07:36 IST

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