OPINION: Like PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi too has full right to fight from 2 Lok Sabha seats

After the news came that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will fight Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Wayanad seat, in addition to Amethi, there has been a slew of statements from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with many of its top leaders terming the move as a sign of political nervousness on the part of Congress chief due to the works done by the saffron party leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani.

Irani was defeated in the 2014 national elections by the Congress president, in Amethi, one of the political strongholds of the grand old party.

Union minister mocked the Congress chief. Taking to Twitter, she said that since the people of Amethi have thrown Rahul Gandhi out, an environment is now being created to make it look as if people in other states want him.

She tweeted:

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However, I’m puzzled with the thought that why there is so much noise after Rahul Gandhi decided to fight from Wayanad too? After all the trend was set by former PM and BJP stalwart late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In the 1957 general polls, Vajpayee contested elections to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament, from two seats. He lost to Raja Mahendra Pratap in Mathura but was elected from Balrampur.

In 2014 general polls, PM Modi also contested from Varanasi and Vadodara. However, at that time, no one raised any question, then why so clamor during Rahul Gandhi’s time?

Clarifying his stand the Congress president on Tuesday said:

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Like any other political leader Rahul Gandhi has full right to fight from any seat he wants. His choice should not be seen from the prism of “nervousness”.

About the author: Author is Deputy Editor in India TV and tweets at @AnuragSason

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