Letters

Rahul in Wayanad

The statement by Congress president Rahul Gandhi after filing his nomination papers in Wayanad, Kerala, that he would not criticise the CPI(M) and “that he would absorb the CPI(M) attacks against him with happiness” was amusing to read (“Rahul files papers in Wayanad, promises not to attack CPI(M)”, April 5). The Congress and the CPI(M) have been fighting each other in Kerala on many issues. As such, it appears strange that the Congress can expect to get votes without attacking the CPI(M). Mr. Gandhi’s statement could confuse his party cadre in Kerala.

D. Sethuraman,

Chennai

The overwhelming support Mr. Gandhi enjoys was evident in the response he evoked before and after filing his papers. It is most unfortunate that the ruling party, and especially the Prime Minister, have pigeonholed the electorate in Wayanad as a case of ‘us-and-them’. That a constituency’s demographic profile is now dissected and spoken about in such shabby terms marks a new low in Indian politics. Members of the minority communities are as much Indian as members of the majority community. It is wrong to see politics through the religious prism. Mr. Gandhi’s statement that he would not say a word against the Left and absorb its attacks during his poll campaign should placate and persuade the Left not to lose sight of the larger political goal — of stopping the BJP’s return to power and strengthening secularism, which is a pillar that holds the nation together.

G. David Milton,

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is reported to have made an appeal on Twitter asking Wayanad to take care of her brother and also assuring the electorate that he would not let them down. So far so good. But can she make one more assurance? That Mr. Gandhi will retain Wayanad if he wins both Amethi and this seat, take care of the constituency and never let his electors down?

E. Sethuramalingam,

Kollam, Kerala

Mr. Gandhi’s move may force the Left Democratic Front and the National Democratic Alliance to rework their strategies. It may also compel the BJP to rethink its game-plan to bank on the Sabarimala issue. In fact, a leader hailing from the north deciding to contest from the south makes for a good outreach strategy. It will help the Congress drive home the point that its leader has a pan-India outlook as opposed to the Prime Minister who, in 2014, chose to contest from two seats, both in north India.

R. Sivakumar,

Chennai

The reason behind Mr. Gandhi’s decision is pure and simple. It is not to jeopardise the prospects of the Left but rather to ensure his own electoral victory since Amethi is no longer a safe bet. This is a case of pure opportunism and a clear indication that Mr. Gandhi is insecure and hence desperate. It is unfortunate that the Congress does not even have a statesman who can guide him.

V. Lakshmanan,

Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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