24 November, 2020

RaGa Wayanad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad has opened up a whole thick rainforest of debates.

RaGa Wayanad
outlookindia.com
2019-12-09T13:12:12+05:30

Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad has opened up a whole thick rainforest of deba­tes. The ruling Left called it a ‘pernicious move’ to scuttle opposition unity. Waya­nad’s demographics —non-Hindu votes outnumber Hindu votes—also allowed PM Modi to talk ‘minority appeasem­ent’ again. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is a key Congress ally here. The SDPI, often criticised for its extreme views, is also on the horizon. In the melee of big themes, however, the finer detail went missing.

Locally, it’s an open secret that RaGa’s name popped up as a byproduct of the factional feud between the Congress’s (I) and (A) groups, legatees of the old Karunakaran-Antony camps. Led by ex-CM Oommen Chandy, (A) wallahs had got their original man for Way­anad, T. Siddique, approved by the high command—he’d even started campaigning. That’s when the (I) group, led by Ram­esh Chennithala, came up with this bright idea to spite their rivals. It took much...

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