Rahul Gandhi reaches Kerala on three-day parliamentary tour
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kannur on Friday on a three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, during which he will participate in various programs including the building of a Kisan Bank and the inauguration of a UDF Bahujan Sangam.
Elaborate security arrangements were made for Gandhi’s visit amid tension in the state over the alleged attack on the AKG Center, the headquarters of the ruling CPI(M) in Thiruvananthapuram. The ruling Left party has accused the Congress of being behind the “bomb attack” at the Centre.
Congress leaders led by state party chief K Sudhakaran received Gandhi at the Kannur International Airport as his flight landed there at around 8.30 am.
Party sources said that the Congress MPs will reach Manantvadi in Wayanad at 12:15 pm.
His visit to the constituency comes a week after his office in Kalpetta in Wayanad was vandalized by activists of the ruling CPI(M)’s student wing SFI.
He will return to Delhi from Kozhikode on Sunday.
Last week an SFI protest march against Gandhi’s office in Kalpetta, alleging his inaction on the issue of eco-sensitive zones around forests, turned violent as a group of activists allegedly attacked a Lok Sabha member. Entered the office and ransacked it.
The Congress had alleged that the Wayanad MP’s office was vandalized on the knowledge of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Raising the issue in the state assembly on Monday, the Congress-led UDF had disrupted the proceedings of the House, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day.
The Chief Minister said that everyone in the CPI(M) from the district level to the state secretariat had condemned the attack and the LDF government also took immediate action, as can be seen from the suspension as well as the arrest of the senior officer-in-charge of the area. SFI activists including women.