Kalpetta (wayanad): Congress workers in droves, unfazed by scorching sun, punched the air shouting slogans just as Rahul Gandhi submitted nomination papers to Wayanad District collector A R Ajaykumar, the returning officer.
Later, in a composed reaction to LDF’s criticism on his candidature, Rahul said “I know that that the CPM and Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala, and this fight will go on. I want to make clear to my brothers and sisters in Kerala, my brothers and sisters in CPM, I understand that CPM has to protest against me. I understand that CPM has to fight me. But I am not going to say a word against the CPM. I am here to send the message of unity and the message that South India is important. I fully understand that CPM has to attack me. So, I absorb all their attacks with happiness. But you will not hear a word against the CPM in my campaigning,”
The first-ever prime ministerial candidate to contest from Kerala, better yet from south India, Rahul said he decided to do so only to send the message of one India. “South, north, east, west, centre… all are one” he was quoted as saying.