Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress General Secretary Oommen Chandy said the state unit has requested its chief Rahul Gandhi to contest from South India and is hopeful that the response will be positive.
In a statement to ANI, Oommen Chandy said, "We're requesting Rahul Gandhi to contest from South India. We requested him to contest from Wayanad constituency. We hope decision will be positive. I've discussed it with the proposed candidate for Wayanad constituency and he welcomed it." Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency is one of 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.
As per the first list of candidates released by the Congress in the beginning of March, Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. According to local reports, Kerala State Congress unit said Rahul Gandhi has agreed to their request to contest from Wayanad constituency as his second seat.
There have also been reports of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state Congress units asking party chief Rahul Gandhi to contest from their states as well.