The BJP has issued its first response to Rahul Gandhi contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 polls from Wayanad in Kerala, apart from his stronghold Amethi.
MoS Civil Aviation and Culture & Tourism, Mahesh Sharma has mocked the Gandhi scion for choosing a second seat, suggesting that this massive development will make it easy for Amethi voters to now chose Smriti Irani, the BJP candidate from the constituency.
"It is good. This has made it easier for the Amethi people to choose. The voters will not choose 'naamdaar' (dynasts), but will choose 'kaamdaar'. Amethi will now prove that only 'politics of performance' will work in India," read the Twitter message of the BJP leader.
On Sunday, just over a week after reports started making rounds that state Congress units in South were requesting Rahul Gandhi to contest from that region, the Congress party made it official that its chief will fight the upcoming polls from Wayanad, apart from Amethi.
Former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony informed that following the request made by Congress' Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu units, the party considered the idea and asked Rahul Gandhi about it, who went ahead and said yes.
"Finally, he has given his consent, and now I am happy to inform that Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad in Kerala," said AK Antony in the presence of Randeep Surjewala and many other party leaders.
Rahul Gandhi, a three-time MP from Amethi, had just sneaked past now Union Minister Smriti Irani, winning the constituency by just over a lakh votes in 2014. While the Congress celebrated victory, it was a moral victory for the BJP, which put up a tough fight on a seat which usually was one-sided.
Since then, the BJP leader has gone all-out in terms of her own contributions in Amethi over the last five years, holding a series of rallies, with PM Narendra Modi doing the same just weeks earlier at the inauguration of an ordnance manufacturing unit.
The Congress state units in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had also demanded that the party president contest the Lok Sabha elections from their respective states.