Why has Rahul Gandhi chosen to fight from Wayanad too?
Gandhi faces a tough battle in Amethi against BJP’s Smriti Irani, and Wayanad, being another traditional Congress constituency, provides the party chief a safety net. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Congress’ M.I. Shanavas won by a record margin of 153,439 votes from the seat, earning it the reputation of a safe seat for the party. That margin shrank to 20,870 in the 2014 polls, but the tag stuck. Some say Gandhi fighting from Wayanad will consolidate votes for the party in the south. Gandhi’s opponents are the CPI’s P.P. Suneer and BDJS president Thushar Vellappally.