During the course of the press conference of the release of the Congress party’s manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, party president Rahul Gandhi was asked a question on his decision to also contest the polls from Wayanad in Kerala, in addition to his current bastion Amethi where he will be challenged once again by Smriti Irani:
Reporter: "What is the narrative of the election, do you think the narrative is of farmers, youth, poor? Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a statement in his rally that Rahul Gandhi and his Congress party attached ‘terrorism’ with Hindus and therefore along with a majority seat, he is contesting the polls from a minority seat, he is going to Wayanad to contest from a seat that has minority in majority.
Responding to the question, the Congress party chief described the narrative for the Lok Sabha elections as NYAY. He said:
The narrative is set. It is NYAY. The narrative is set - it is - 'Garibo par vaar, 72000'. After this, Narendra Modi got shock effect and he busted, and now he is hiding behind one or the other thing. But country’s PM cannot hide from the fact that there is unemployment is this country.
He reiterated his Rafale allegations and spoke about farmers distress being the truth of the nation. However, he didn't, at that point, give his reasons to contest from Wayanad.
After answering a few other questions, when another reported asked Rahul Gandhi about upsetting the Left by contesting from Wayanad, he answered:
" There was a demand for me. There is a feeling in South India that I should contest from there. South India feels hostility from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They feel they are not been included in the decision of this country so I want to send a message that we are with them."