For the first time in his political career, Congress president Rahul Gandhi decided to contest from two seats in the Lok Sabha elections -- Amethi which he has held since May 2004 and Wayanad in Kerala. Muslims for a majority in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.
Taking potshots at the Congress party over the performance of party president Rahul Gandhi in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said the Gandhi family scion lost from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh but won from Wayanad only because of Muslims who constitute 40% of the electorate in the constituency.
Owaisi’s target was the Congress party which he has often blamed for using Muslims as a vote bank but doing nothing for them. Owaisi said that the states where the Bharatiya Janata Party underperformed were not because of the presence of Congress, but due to regional parties and other religious communities. The Congress, he said addressing a gathering of Muslims, does not have any strength left and does not work hard and credited regional parties who managed to stop the BJP’s winning juggernaut.
“You (Muslims) don’t want to leave Congress and other secular parties. But remember they don’t have strength…. they don’t work hard…Where did BJP lose? In Punjab. Who’s there? Sikhs. Why did BJP lose anywhere else in India? Due to regional parties there and not Congress.
“The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi and received victory in Wayanad. Isn’t the 40% population of Wayanad Muslim?” he asked.
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM: The Congress leader himself lost in Amethi & received victory in Wayanad. Isn’t the 40% population of Wayanad Muslim? (09.06.2019) https://t.co/PxQJm7wWbz
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For the first time in his political career, the Congress president decided to contest from two seats in the Lok Sabha elections — Amethi which he has held since May 2004 and Wayanad in Kerala. Muslims for a majority in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency. Rahul lost to BJP’s Smriti Irani from Amethi by a margin of 55,000 votes but won from Wayanad by a huge margin of 4.3 lakh votes, the highest victory margin in Kerala.
That victory came as little consolation as his whirlwind campaign against the Narendra Modi government failed with the Congress being limited to 52 seats, a marginal improvement from its 2014 tally of 44. The BJP, on the other hand, improved its tally from 282 in 2014 to 303 in 2019, comfortably forming the government.
However, states like Punjab where it is in alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal and southern states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana remained out of its reach, with the party faring poorly in all these states. The BJP drew a blank in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu, where it was in alliance with the AIADMK, it bagged a solitary seat while it won from 4 in Telangana. In Punjab, the BJP-SAD combine won 4 of the 13 seats while the Congress emerged victorious in 8 constituencies.