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Rahul Gandhi Quitting Wayanad! May Contest From Two Lok Sabha Seats In Different States

Rahul Gandhi may vacate his Wayanad seat to contest from two constituencies in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, potentially in Karnataka or Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is pushing for three seats, including Wayanad, due to its Muslim voter base. CPI's nomination of Annie Raja, wife of D Raja, creates tension within the alliance.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Feb 26, 2024 19:50 IST
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Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi may leave his parliamentary seat in Wayanad, Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections . It is said that Gandhi will contest from two different constituencies in the Elections, with one likely to be in either Karnataka or Telangana and the other in Uttar Pradesh during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Amid ongoing seat-sharing negotiations in Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is reportedly exerting pressure on the Congress party to allocate them three seats instead of two. The IUML is specifically interested in contesting from Wayanad due to the significant presence of Muslim voters in the constituency.

In addition, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has nominated Annie Raja, the wife of the party’s general secretary D Raja, as a candidate from Wayanad. This move poses a challenge for the INDIA alliance, as having a prominent leader’s spouse contesting against Rahul Gandhi could potentially create a delicate situation.

According to media reports, CPI general secretary D Raja stated that there had been no discussion in the party’s national executive meeting about requesting the Congress to vacate the Wayanad constituency. D Raja was quoted saying, “Wayanad is one of the four seats that CPI got as part of the seat-sharing agreement within LDF.” In the 2019 elections.

Rahul Gandhi won the Wayanad seat with a margin of over 4 lakh votes, defeating the CPI candidate PP Suneer.

First published on: Feb 26, 2024 07:50 PM IST

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