Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Kerala’s Wayanad

Gandhi emphasized “This election is a fight for the soul of India"

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday, reaffirming his connection to the constituency by stating, “Wayanad is my home, and the people of Wayanad are my family.”

Gandhi, who currently serves as the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) of Wayanad, held a roadshow in Kerala alongside his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Taking to X, formerly known as twitter,  he expressed gratitude towards the people of Wayanad, saying, “From them, I have learned a great deal over the last five years and received an abundance of love and affection. It is with great pride and humility that I file my nomination for Lok Sabha 2024 once again from this beautiful land.”

In the 2019 polls, Gandhi secured victory from the seat with a substantial margin of over four lakh votes, defeating Communist Party of India (CPI) leader PP Suneer. However, in the upcoming elections, he will face formidable opponents in Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) state president K Surendran and CPI leader Annie Raja.

Gandhi’s party is part of the opposition’s alliance,Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), which has been formed to challenge the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Speaking on the significance of the upcoming elections, Gandhi emphasized, “This election is a fight for the soul of India; it is a fight to preserve our democracy from the forces of hatred, corruption, and injustice that seek to suppress the voice of Bharat Mata.”

He further pledged to mobilize citizens across the nation, stating, “I, along with every member of INDIA bloc, will not rest until this battle is won. We will bring together every citizen from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Manipur to Mumbai to strengthen our Union of States.”

Voting in Kerala for the Lok Sabha polls is scheduled for Apr 26, with the counting of votes set to take place on Jun 4.