LS polls: Be our representative from south India, Congress leaders of southern states urge Rahul

New Delhi: Ten days after the Congress declared Rahul Gandhi as the party candidate from his traditional seat of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, there is a growing demand for him to represent one of the southern states.

Over the past few weeks, leaders from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka have requested Gandhi to choose a seat of his choice in their respective states, a Congress functionary familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity. State Congress units of the southern states are vying with each other in trying to host Gandhi as a candidate.

The functionary said that Gandhi could select Bangalore Central, Bidar and Mysuru from Karnataka, Kanyakumari and Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, and Wayanad in Kerala.

Through a tweet former Karnataka Chief Minister Sidddaramaih quoted history of Sonia Gandhi, winning the Bellary seat in 1999 and Indira Gandhi winning Chikmagalur in 1978.

Karnataka Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has also urged Rahul Gandhi to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the southern state.

“On behalf of Karnataka Congress, I urge Rahul Gandhi to consider contesting from Karnataka the forthcoming #LokSabhaElections2019. He should be our representative from south India and for that he should choose my state. #RaGaFromKarnataka,” tweeted Rao.

If the party chief decides to contest a second seat from any of the southern States, the move is expected to reinvigorate Congress workers.

It may also help Rahul’s stock as a leader who is capable of fighting an election from any part of India, something the 2014 Lok Sabha elections did for Narendra Modi.