Thiruvananthapuram: When it was reported that the Communist Party of India wanted Rahul Gandhi not to contest in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, the Congress party strongly condemned this.
Opposition parties including Congress, Left Wing, DMK, Aam Aadmi Party have come together to defeat the ruling BJP in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This alliance is named ‘India’. At the same time, the Leftists have said that they will not participate in the India alliance in Kerala and West Bengal. Thus, it is said that the Congress and the Left will contest separately in Kerala.
Communist Working Committee of India: In this case, the National Executive Committee meeting of the Communist Party of India was held in Delhi on the 19th and 20th. In this, it was reported that Rahul was urged not to contest against the Indian Communist candidate in the Wayanad constituency of Kerala. But, the party
No such request has been officially made.
Congress Executives Protest: Kerala State Congress President Sudhakaran said, “The party’s general secretary K.C. should announce that Rahul Gandhi will contest again in the Wayanad constituency. I have made a request to Venugopal. Meanwhile, information has been released that the Communist Party of India is saying that Rahul should not contest in that constituency. “The Communist Party has no right to say so,” he said.
Senior Congress leader and convenor of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, MM Hassan, says, “The Communist Party of India has no power to decide the Congress candidates. “Congress will decide that,” he said.
Senior Indian Communist leader and Rajya Sabha member P. Santhosh Kumar says, “Rahul is the main leader in the India alliance. In this case, if he contests against another party in the alliance, it will add wrong information to the people. Also, BJP will do politics based on this. That is why it was considered. At the same time, if someone else from the party contests instead of Rahul, it will not have a big impact,” he said.
AK Balan, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Communist Party of India, told reporters, “The parties concerned will decide who should contest in which constituency. There is nothing to comment on this,” he said.
In the last 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi contested from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency and won by a margin of 4.32 lakh votes. It is noteworthy that the Indian Communist candidate who contested against him came second.