Thiruvananthapuram: The Wayanad parliamentary constituency will witness the whirlwind campaigning of Rahul Gandhi most likely from April 16 or a day after. He is expected to be in the constituency at least for two days.
As part of the second leg of campaigning, Congress President and the Congress lead United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi will hold some road shows in different parts of the constituency other than Kalpetta. With a massive road show, attended along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, A.I.C.C General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi had filed his nomination papers last Thursday. The huge turnout for the event has undoubtedly boosted the confidence level of Congress workers across the state. The Show of strength which created an air of enthusiasm in Wayanad , also lends credence to the claims of UDF leaders that Rahul’s candidature would have a domino effect, not only in Kerala, but also in neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Enthused by the mammoth crowds at the roadshow that were witnessed at the time of filing of nominations, UDF has fixed a thumping majority of five lakhs votes as target in Wayanad constituency. Prominent Congress leader and former minister Aryadan Muhammed has declared a friendly match among various assembly segments and its MLAs regarding who garners the highest majority for Rahul.
During his second campaign trail in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi may address some public meetings in Vadakara, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Idukki and Thiruvananthapuram. The details of his itinerary and venue of the public meetings are yet to be decided by the state party leadership.
Rahul Gandhi’s extensive campaigning in the state means the police and security agencies would have to be on their toes. The Central intelligence agencies had already advised the state police administration about the strong Maoist presence in the hilly terrain of Wayanad. A maoist leader C.P Jaleel was killed in an encounter with police in March first week of this year in Wayanad district. In these circumstances intelligence agencies has sent reports stating the need of heightened vigilance during Rahul’s campaign hours. Rahul’s plan to visit the home of Mr. Vasantha Kumar, the CRPF jawan martyred at Pulwama was cancelled due to the security concerns.