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Congress fighting PM’s poisonous campaign: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a roadshow in Wayanad on Friday. PTIMore Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a roadshow in Wayanad on Friday. PTIMore
Deanna Wagner | 09 June, 2019, 10:57

On the last day of his three-day visit to his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad in Kerala, Congress president Rahul Gandhi met a nurse who was present at the time of his birth in Delhi 49 years ago.

A large number of Congress-led United Democratic Front workers, women and children thronged the route in all the places in the six receptions addressed by Mr Gandhi, on the second day of the visit. But Mr Gandhi managed to win from Wayanad by a huge margin, of over 4.31 lakh votes, beating his nearest rival from the Left.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, Kerala Congress chief Mullappally Ramachandran were with Rahul in his vehicle.

At Bathery also, Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister, saying his party was fighting Modi's "poisonous" campaign. He used lies in the election.

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Before leaving for Kerala, Rahul tweeted, "I will be in Wayanad, Kerala, starting this afternoon and till Sunday to meet citizens and Congress party workers". "My job is to represent all of Wayanad. It is because of these reasons that I became ready to assume the responsibilities when the party is going through tough times", he said. There are big challenges and issues in Wayanad. "I was thrilled.we all were thrilled to see the grandson of (then) prime minister Indira Gandhi", Vavathil had said.

Rahul Gandhi contested from a second constituency for the first time in the seven-phase national election. While there is still no clarity on whether Rahul will stay or make way for someone else, what's clear is that the Grand Old Party has learnt no lessons after the Poll Drubbing that saw Congress drawing a complete blank in 18 States and UTs. However in Kerala, the only state besides Punjab and Tamil Nadu where it did well, the party and its allies won 19 out of 20 seats. Attacking Modi, he said, "Modi may have money, he may have the media by his side, he may have rich friends".

"The current government and Mr Narendra Modi spread hatred in the country and the Congress party knows and understands that the only way to combat hatred is through love and affection", he said. The Congress president is on a three-day visit to the constituency.