Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad on Friday. This was his first visit to the constituency since winning the seat in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
He had tweeted about his impending three-day visit before setting out:
Upon his arrival, the Congress chief addressed the Congress party workers and residents of Wayanad and expressed his gratitude. He also added that he will raise the issues of Wayanad and Kerala at the Centre.
"No matter which party you come from, overwhelmingly you have given me your support. My door is open to every single citizen of Wayanad. As I am an MP from Kerala, it is my duty to not only raise issues of Wayanad, but also the people of Kerala in Lok Sabha. I will get to know all of you better and understand your issues and work to improve your lives."
While addressing the people of Kalikavu, Gandhi added:
"My job is to listen to the people of Wayanad and to speak with the voice of people of Wayanad."
On his way, he also stopped at a tea shop in Chokkad, Malappuram District:
Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal, Leader of Opposition in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala along with Mullapally Ramachandran, President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), as well as AP Anil Kumar, a former minister and party leader. Gandhi made a visit to the Wandoor Assembly Constituency in an open jeep. During his three-day visit, he is scheduled to hold a road-show in all assembly constituencies under the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat.
Gandhi garnered 7,05,034 votes from the Wayanad constituency seat and won by a margin of 4,31,063 votes against nearest rival PP Suneer of Left Democratic Front (LDF). He, however, lost in his family bastion constituency of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, to Smriti Irani while the Congress performed miserably on the national front, winning just 52 seats compared to the BJP's 303. The Congress-led United Democratic Front, nonetheless, managed to win 19 out of the 20 seats in Kerala.