ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, reached Wayanad for a three-day visit, the first after his thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls from the Kerala constituency. “I will be in Wayanad, Kerala starting this afternoon and till Sunday to meet citizens and Congress Party workers. It’s a packed schedule with over 15 public receptions planned over the next three days,” Rahul tweeted.
He had won by a margin of over 4.3 lakh votes in Wayanad. In addition, he will hold rallies in Nilambur and Arikode of Malappuram district. Recently, Gandhi had urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to provide assistance to the family of a farmer, who committed suicide allegedly due to non-repayment of loans, and also conduct an inquiry into the matter. "Kumar's case isn't an isolated one. There have been a spate of farmer suicides in Wayanad, due to an inability to repay loans," Gandhi had said in his letter.
"What is disturbing is that while the government of Kerala has announced a moratorium on repayment of farm loans till December 31, 2019, farmers are still being pressured and hounded by loan collection agents," the letter said. The Congress chief said it was important to consider "long-term measures" to free farmers from the "vicious debt trap" given the devastating impact of the last year's floods.
After his defeat from Amethi, Gandhi was firm on stepping down from the party leadership, informing top Congress leaders of his decision to resign. Reportedly, Rahul has asked his close aides in Congress to find a new party president.
Unsurprisingly, the Congress is heading to a full-blown crisis following the party's debacle. Rahul first indicated his intention to step down during the Congress Working Committee meeting, even as party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, later that day, rubbished media reports citing the same. However, later, Rahul Gandhi reiterated his stand to two top leaders—Ahmed Patel and K.C. Venugopal.
while Rahul Gandhi has made it clear that he would not reconsider his decision to step down, his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are not in league with him. "Ahmed Patel, his mother's closest aide, apparently warned him at today's meeting that the Congress will split if a Gandhi does not helm it," NDTV reported. Priyanka said the entire top brass of the party left Rahul Gandhi alone to fight it out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.