Ecstasy and agony over Rahul’s Wayanad entry

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on March 26, 2019

Congress President Rahul Gandhi   -  Kamal Narang Kamal Narang

Rumours over Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s candidature from Wayanad seem to thrown the State Congress unit into a tizzy. T Siddique of the Congress, who was named candidate after prolonged infighting, promptly stood down when his mentor, senior leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy announced that Gandhi might pick Wayanad as a second seat.

Rahul Gandhi did not answer related queries in New Delhi on Monday where he unveiled the minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest people of the country.

‘No convincing answers’

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee or its office-bearers are not able to come up with convincing answers either, though Chandy told newspersons in Kottayam on Tuesday that he was still optimistic.

Confusion persists in the All-India Congress Committee over not having confirmed a candidate for Vadakara, where senior leader and sitting MLA K Muraleedharan has already started campaigning.

Speculations are rife that Siddique could be rehabilitated in Vadakara in the event of Gandhi announcing his decision — in which case, Muraleedharan would be retained as MLA from Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram.

Published on March 26, 2019

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