Following the announcement of Congress party to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad, his second seat after the bastion Amethi, the chief minister of the state, Pinarayi Vijayan has stated that the CPI (M) will "fight him".
On Sunday, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan responding to the Congress president's announcement to contest Wayanad has stated that this is a fight againt the "Left"
He said, “He is fighting in one of the 20 constituencies in Kerala and does not need to be seen as any different. We (LDF) will fight him. He should have contested from a constituency where BJP is contesting, its nothing but a fight against left”
Earlier on Sunday, Senior CPI leader, Prakash Karat too had stated that this decision of Rahul Gandhi to fight from Wayanad shows that their 'priority' is to fight the 'Left' in Kerala.
He said, "Decision of Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows their priority now is to fight against Left in Kerala. It goes against Congress' national commitment to fight BJP, as in Kerala it's LDF which is the main force fighting BJP there."
Further 'strongly' opposing this move, the CPI (M) leader further stated that they will 'ensure' to defeat the Prime Ministerial aspirant.
He said, "To pick a candidate like Rahul Gandhi against Left means that Congress is going to target the Left in Kerala. This is something which we will strongly oppose and in this election we will work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad."
The Congress party has confirmed that its chief Rahul Gandhi will contest from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala, apart from his bastion Amethi, in the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 polls.
Prior to the announcement, the BJP has been mocking the Congress president for considering to contend for a second seat for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Last week, his contender from Amethi, Smriti Irani in a tweet took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi with #BhagRahulBhag
The constituency of Wayanad, formed in 2008 has been a Congress stronghold, currently has a Congress sitting MP, Shanavas who secure a vote-share of 30.18%, followed by a CPI candidate with 28.51%.