While addressing a public gathering in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Congress president had to come to Wayanad here to secure his place in Parliament. He says he won't speak a word against CPI (M). Kerala mein kushti, aur Delhi mein dosti, yahi inka khel hai'". He further added, "Congress' 'Naamdaar' says he is contesting from Wayanad because he wanted to send a message to South. Couldn't you contest from Trivandrum to give the message? It's the capital. It's not a message to South but a message of appeasement politics".