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Priyanka by his side, Rahul Gandhi files nomination from ‘safe seat’ Wayanad

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 4 2019 11:44AM
Priyanka by his side, Rahul Gandhi files nomination from ‘safe seat’ Wayanad
New Delhi/Wayanad (Kerala), Apr 04 (HS): Claiming that people in South India “feel hostility from Prime Minister Narendra Modi” and attempting to send out the message that he “stands with them”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad in Kerala this morning. Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala in addition to his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. It may be recalled that Congress had announced on Sunday that Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad constituency, besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi. However, Rahul was accompanied by his sister and AICC in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on way to filing his candidature. Congress chief boarded a helicopter to Wayanad, about 90 km from Kozhikode, to file his nomination. A roadshow was held before the filing of nomination papers, in which thousands of party workers took part. Senior Congress leaders, including Mukul Wasnik, K C Venugopal, Mullappally Ramachandran, and Indian Union Muslim League leader K Kunhalikutty were in Kozhikode to make arrangements for the event. Tight security were place in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in view of the high-profile visits. ...when Indira and Sonia chose southern ‘safe seat’ Rahul is the latest member of his family to embrace the idea of contesting Lok Sabha elections from safe seats in south India at times of national distress for the party. It was Karnataka that attracted the first member of the Nehru-Gandhi family who sought a ‘safe seat’. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi looked south to re-enter Parliament after the anti-Congress wave in the 1977 general election, in the wake of the Emergency. After she lost her seat of Rae Bareli in the 1977 election, Indira decided to contest a by-election from Chikmagalur in Karnataka in 1978. The then sitting MP for Chikmagalur, D.B. Chandre Gowda of the Congress, resigned his seat to allow Indira to contest. Indira won the election, trouncing Veerendra Patil of the Janata Party by nearly 80,000 votes. Twenty-one years later, Indira’s elder daughter-in-law, Sonia, looked to the south for a safe seat as she entered the electoral fray for the first time. While she contested from Amethi, a traditional pocket-borough of the Nehru-Gandhis, Sonia also needed a safe seat as Uttar Pradesh was then governed by the BJP. Sonia settled on Bellary in Karnataka. BJP put up Sushma Swaraj as its candidate in Bellary. She lost to Sonia by a relatively narrow margin of 56,000 votes. Sonia eventually resigned from the Bellary seat in 2000. In the 1980 elections, Indira contested from Rae Bareli and Medak in Andhra Pradesh, winning both seats by handsome margins. Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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