By making his stand clear, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that he will not say anything against CPIM. Criticising Rahul’s decision to contest from Waynad, both Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and CPIM National General Secretary Sitaram Yechury had expressed their dislike towards Rahul. They slammed Rahul saying Rahul was sending a wrong message by contesting against left parties in Kerala’s Wayanad. Three days ago, CPIM mouthpiece Deshabhimani daily had sparked outrage by calling Rahul Gandhi’s candidature in Wayanad as ‘Pappu strike’.
But Rahul was careful not to tease Kerala’s left parties this time. On Thursday, while speaking to the media after filing his nomination at the District Office in Wayanad, Rahul said: “I understand that my brothers and sisters in CPIM will now speak against me and attack me, but I am not going to say a word against the CPM in my entire campaign" .
“I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one, be it North, South, East or West. My aim is to send a message. There is a feeling in South India that the way the Centre, Modi ji and RSS are working, it is like an assault on the culture and languages in the south,” he added.