Rain, tea and massive crowds star in Rahul Gandhi's thanksgiving Wayanad roadshow
Pouring rain, swelling crowd and waving flags welcomed Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his Lok Sabha constituency in Wayanad, Kerala on Friday. In his first trip to the constituency after clinching a landslide victory at the seat in recently concluded elections, Rahul Gandhi met with a massive crowd that cheered him on despite a very heavy rainfall.
Rahul Gandhi started his three-day thanksgiving tour with a roadshow in Malappuram district, which falls within the Wayanad Lok Sbaha constituency. He is expected to hold three more such roadshows during his stay in the southern state.
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be in Kerala on Friday. He is expected to land in Kochi by evening for offering prayers at the Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple in Thrissur district.
Despite a drubbing at the national level as well as in his family bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, there is no dearth of Rahul Gandhi fans in Wayanad.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi won from Wayanad by a margin of over 4.31 lakh votes, a state record, even as he lost Congress stronghold Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to BJP's Smriti Irani.
For today's homecoming, thousands of party workers and leaders gathered at the airport to receive Rahul Gandhi and chanted Rahul-Rahul as he waived at the crowds gathered around his open vehicle. The flags at the roadshow suggested that party workers of Congress, and its allies - Indian Union Muslim, Kerala Congress (Mani group) and Revolutionary Socialist Party - had poured in to make the roadshow a success.
In his speech, Rahul Gandhi thanked the people of Wayanad for giving him "overwhelming support beyond party line".
"Now I am a Member of Parliament from Wayanad. My first affiliation is to to the people of this constituency. You have given me an overwhelming support beyond party lines, I will ensure that I would address your issues inside the Parliament," he told crowd during the roadshow.
"I would like to understand your issues, my job is to listen to the people of Wayanad and find solutions to your grievances," Rahul Gandhi added.
During the roadshow, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also stopped for tea at a local show.
Kerala: Congress President Rahul Gandhi stops for tea at a shop in Chokkad of Malappuram district. He is on a three-day visit to the state, beginning today. pic.twitter.com/YP1Qgei6rRANI (@ANI) June 7, 2019
Rahul Gandhi, who has been accused of apathy towards Amethi in the past, has started working for Wayanad electorate. In his first communication as an MP, Rahul Gandhi had written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the suicide of a farmer in Wayanad.
Pinarayi Vijayan had responded in a letter that the issue of providing relief to the families of farmers who committed suicide over failure to repay bank loans, needs to be taken up in parliament.
As an MP, Rahul Gandhi faces an uphill task as Wayanad is one of the least developed areas of Kerala.
Three-day thanksgriving tour
During his three-day visit, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to participate in at least 15 public receptions across the constituency, spread over in the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
A senior Congress leader from the constituency told PTI that Gandhi's visit will boost the morale of the party workers to fight the Assembly bypolls.
"He will also take part in roadshows at Nilambur and Eranad," senior Congress leader and Wandoor MLA A P Anil Kumar told PTI.
After visiting the facilitation centre at Wayanad electorate, Gandhi will take part in various public functions organised by the party in the constituency.
He will be accorded reception at Kalpetta, Kambalkadu, Panamaram, Mananthavadi, Pulpally and Sultan Batheri and will also attend a roadshow in Kozhikode Assembly constituency on June 9, before leaving for Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit the family of the 53-year-old farmer, Dineesh Kumar, who had ended his life after consuming a poisonous substance on May 23 at Panamaram in the constituency, party sources said.