The Rahul Gandhi Wayanad adventure that has been doing the rounds for the last six days remains what English poet John Milton wrote in his famous poem 'Paradise Lost' - “confusion worse confounded”.
Eating his own words of senior leader Ommen Chandy, who asserted last Saturday that Congress president Rahul Gandhi's choice of a second constituency after Amethi was Wayanad, now claims that the Kerala party leadership has only made a request and it was for Rahul to take a decision in the matter.
When neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Congress leaderships made a demand that Rahul contest from their states, ”I also expressed the interest in having Rahul as a candidate from Kerala”. Chandy added that no decision on Rahul's candidature in Wayanad had not been taken.
In the wake of uncertainty, allies in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) have started mounting pressure on the Congress leadership in Delhi to put an end to this wait as further delay would affect campaign as days were running out. UDF expects mounting pressure to yield the desired result.
However, Left parties and a section in the Congress feel that Rahul should not contest from Wayanad as it would be taking on the communists who are bound to support Congress post-poll.