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Can BJP’s Surendran replicate an Amethi-like performance in Wayanad?

The BJP has named K. Surendran as its candidate in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, setting up a tough battle against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Surendran, the Kerala state unit chief, aims to unseat Gandhi, who won in 2019 with a record margin.

Surendran, a seasoned politician, has tried multiple times to enter the Lok Sabha and State Assembly without success. The Wayanad constituency’s voting pattern and profile present a challenging landscape for him this time around.

In the last election, Rahul Gandhi secured a victory in Wayanad with a massive margin of 4.31 lakh votes, the highest in Kerala. The CPI candidate came in second, while Tushar Vellapally of the BDJS, a BJP ally, finished a distant third with only 78,000 votes.

Annie Raja, wife of CPI General Secretary D. Raja, is the CPI candidate challenging Rahul Gandhi this time. Despite being part of the INDIA bloc, the CPI is contesting Congress candidates in all four seats in Kerala, raising questions about the alliance’s credibility.

Commenting on his candidature, Surendran stated, “Forget what happened in 2019, it’s a new battle now. We will see what unfolds this time.” With national leaders from all three political fronts expected to campaign in Wayanad, the spotlight is on whether Surendran can emulate Smriti Irani’s success in Amethi.


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