WAYANAD: Congress President and Wayanad candidate Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday offered prayers and performed rituals for his late family members and Pulwama terror attack victims at Thirunnelli temple in Kerala.
Speaking about Gandhi’s trip to the temple, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal told reporters that he had performed rituals as per the priest’s instructions and prayed for his grandmother Indira Gandhi, father Rajiv Gandhi, and Pulwama terror attack victims.
The Congress chief also addressed a public rally in Wayanad following his temple visit and said that he believed it was important for him to represent Amethi as well as the voice of south India.
“I don't want to have a few months relationship with you, I want to have a life long relationship with you. I have not come here as a politician who is going to tell you what to do or what I think. I am here to understand what is inside your heart”, he said.
The Congress chief is slated to address gatherings at Bathery and Thiruvambady in Wandoor in the afternoon and Chalissery in Palakkad at 3 pm later today.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi reached in Kerala on Monday night as part of UDF’s Lok Sabha election campaign.
On April 4, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had filed his nomination to contest from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.
He had submitted the nomination papers before the district Collector A R Ajayakumar at the district headquarters in Kalpetta in Kerala
On that day, Gandhi was accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders including K C Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik.
Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Amethi and filed his nomination papers from there on April 10 in the presence of Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra.
In Kerala, the party is contesting on 16 out of 20 Lok Sabha seats leaving four seats for its allies- two seats for the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), one for Kerala Congress (Mani) and one for RSP.
Wayanad will vote on April 23 and Amethi on May 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.