Rahul said, “I am not like Prime Minister Modi. I will not come here to tell you that I want to give you 2 crore jobs, or deposit Rs 15 lakh in your accounts, because I respect your intelligence, your wisdom, and your understanding.”
Regarding his decision to contest from Wayanad, Gandhi said, “I have chosen Kerala because you know how to love each other. You respect other people’s ideas. You believe in your ideas. You defend your ideas, but you respect others’ ideas.”
Addressing a rally in Kozhikode, where NDA candidates from North Kerala were present, PM Modi said, “Certain forces were trying to destroy our cultural traditions in the name of the Supreme Court order. We cannot allow any attack on our traditions and faith.”
Mani, the face of central Kerala’s Christian politics, has represented Pala Assembly constituency for the last 54 years and was the sitting legislator, winning all 13 elections from the seat since 1965.
When Wayanad constituency in Kerala goes to polls on April 23, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will find himself pitted against not just political rivals, but also namesakes, both of whom come from families of staunch Congress supporters.