Congress president Rahul Gandhi today filed his nomination from Wayanad and said he would not speak a word against Left parties and was willing to “absorb” their attacks. He added that they were quite worried, following his decision to contest from Wayanad.
He told mediapersons that he was contesting from the North and the South to convey a message that India was one. “There is a feeling in South India that the way in which the Narendra Modi Government is functioning, their culture, language, history all are being attacked. So I wanted to give a message that I will fight from North and South,“ he said.
The CPM and the Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala. This will go on. I understand that the CPM has to fight me. But, I am not going to say a word against the CPM. I am here to send a message of unity that South India is important, and I fully understand that the CPI(M) has to attack me. So, I will absorb all their attacks with happiness, but from me you will not hear a word against them in my campaign,” he said.
He pointed out that unemployment and agrarian crisis were stark realities. “Farmers are unaware of what the future holds for them. Youngsters are running from state to state searching for jobs and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has failed on both fronts,” Rahul said.
“The country had faith in the Prime Minister when he said he would be the chowkidar (watchman). But, the chowkidar himself has given Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore of Air Force money.
“He (Modi) has stolen money and has given to Anil Ambani who has no experience (aircraft manufacturing). Anil Ambani is in Rs 45,000 crore debt,” he added.
Immediately after filing his nomination, Rahul and sister Priyanka participated in a roadshow along with state leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala. Around 1pm, Rahul and Priyanka took a copter to Kozhikode with the former set to proceed to Nagpur for campaign and his sister to Delhi.