The possibility of Congress president Rahul Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad in Kerala has raised high hopes amongst the people in this predominantly tribal district struggling to survive, by triple onslaught on their economy—following fall in tourism, demonetisation and the encounter early this month of a Maoist leader.
As stated in the outlook, the discussion among the residents of this constituency is–will Gandhi help in transforming the economy of Wayanad? Local editions of major media houses for the last few days have ensured that the news of Gandhi’s possible candidature stays on top fold.
Kerala Congress is keen to show the party president the huge political benefit, his candidature from Wayanad will accrue to the party not just in Kerala but the whole of the south. Especially, since it is betting heavily on Rahul Gandhi, to revive the fortunes of this grand old party.