In a first, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from another seat — Kerala’s Wayanad, apart from Amethi, the family stronghold seat, it was announced on Sunday.
The announcement of Rahul Gandhi contesting from two seats was made by senior party leader AK Antony.
Rahul Gandhi’s mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, had trounced Sushma Swaraj in Karnataka’s Bellary in 1999. Amethi was the other seat she contested.
Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother Indira Gandhi too had contested from Raebareli and Medak – currently in Telangana — in 1980.
The Congress decision triggered multiple jibes from the BJP, with Union Textiles Minister Smiti Irani, set to contest against him from Amethi, tweeted to say that the constituency “drove him away”.
The BJP has accused him of opting for a “safe seat” in Wayanad.
The Congress, however, called the BJP comments as “immature”.
Rahul Gandhi has been representing Amethi since 2004, but his winning margin has hugely shrunk in 2014.
In the 2017 assembly elections, the Congress lost four of the five assembly segments that fall under the Lok Sabha seat.