THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The guessing game on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's candidature in Wayanad continues. He has kept silent on it during the press conference held in Delhi on Monday to announce the minimum income scheme for the poor as part of the party's upcoming manifesto.
The KPCC leaders hope that he will not let them down, but PCC president Mullapally Ramachandran said, "Rahul Gandhi will not run away from Amethi and will contest from there. He will emerge victorious from Amethi," he said.
The Congress leaders are worried as to how to end the stalemate over Wayanad. Even the 10th and 11th lists released by the AICC do not contain Vatakara and Wayanad.
CWC member Oommen Chandy has asked the Wayanad DCC officials to campaign for Rahul Gandhi. However, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters in New Delhi that a final decision on Rahul Gandhi's candidature was yet to be taken.
Rahul had held talks with senior leaders about Wayanad and other seats in South India from where he can opt to contest.
AICC organising general secretary K. C. Venugopal and treasurer Motilal Vora remained tight-lipped when they accompanied Rahul on their way to attend the CWC meeting. When reporters asked him about Wayanad, Rahul smiled and walked away to the AICC headquarters.
The CWC discussed the election manifesto for over two hours.
After the meeting when Rahul announced about the minimum income scheme, he said he will not answer questions on other issues. Later, after the central election committee meeting, Surjewala said a decision was yet to be taken on Rahul's candidature.
Mr Mullapally said that the candidates in Wayanad and Vatakara would be announced soon. "K. Muraleedharan will romp home with a thumping majority in Vatakara," he said....