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Rahul Gandhi To Contest Lok Sabha Polls From Wayanad Seat In Kerala, Says Mullappally Ramachandran

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| March 23 , 2019 , 17:04 IST

Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday agreed to contest from Kerala's Wayanad parliamentary seat, informed Kerala Congress chief Mullappally Ramachandran.

“Talks were on about this for almost a month. Initially, he was not willing. After much persuasion, he agreed” Ramachandran said, reported Hindustan Times.

According to media reports, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has sent their desire that Rahul Gandhi should contest from Wayanad constituency. We thank them for the love and respect, Rahul ji has always said that Amethi will remain his Karam bhoomi. Rahul ji will positively consider the request of KPCC."

Wayanad constituency was carved out in 2008 during the restructuring of constituencies from Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanad constituencies. Congress leader ML Shahnawaz had won the last two elections. He died six months ago after a brief illness.

The party, which is contesting 16 out of 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, had announced the names of 14 candidates but did not declare its candidates from Wayanad and Vadakara.

The Congress had earlier proposed T Siddique, the Kozhikode DCC president, for the Wayanad seat but he had backed out.

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The Congress earlier this month had announced that Rahul Gandhi will contest from his bastion Amethi and Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.