Rahul Gandhi Cancels Kerala Election Campaign Events Due to Food Poisoning

Rahul Gandhi falls ill with food poisoning, cancels election campaign events in Kerala and misses INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi, highlighting challenges faced by political leaders during intense election season.

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Rahul Gandhi Cancels Kerala Election Campaign Events Due to Food Poisoning

Rahul Gandhi Cancels Kerala Election Campaign Events Due to Food Poisoning

Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader and sitting Wayanad MP, has canceled his election campaign events in Kerala scheduled for April 22, 2024, due to illness caused by contaminated food. The cancellation was announced by the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) acting president M M Hassan on Sunday.

Gandhi was expected to participate in election campaigns in Thrissur, Mavelikkara, and Alappuzha parliamentary constituencies on Monday. However, all of his public meetings planned for the day have been cancelled. "Rahul Gandhi will not be able to attend the programmes in Kerala tomorrow (Monday)," Hassan confirmed.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi did not participate in the INDIA bloc gathering in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Senior party leader Jairam Ramesh stated that Gandhi "took ill suddenly and is unable to leave New Delhi for the present." AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge also confirmed that Rahul Gandhi suffered from food poisoning.

Instead of Gandhi, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge attended the INDIA bloc gathering in Ranchi after addressing a public gathering in Madhya Pradesh's Satna. The rally, dubbed the 'Ulgulan Nyay' rally, is a significant show of opposition unity, with leaders from various parties, including RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, Sunita Kejriwal, and Kalpana Soren, expected to participate.

The arrests of opposition leaders, including former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, have emerged as a major flashpoint between the BJP-led NDA and the INDIA parties ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, which kicked off on Friday.

Why this matters: Rahul Gandhi's absence from the election campaign trail in Kerala and the INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi due to health issues highlights the challenges faced by political leaders during the intense election season. The cancellation of his events may impact the Congress party's campaign momentum in Kerala, where the election for the 20 Lok Sabha seats is scheduled to be held on April 26.

Gandhi, who is the Congress candidate from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, was expected to boost the party's prospects in the state. The INDIA bloc, a coalition of opposition parties, aims to present a united front against the ruling BJP-led NDA in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The rally in Ranchi was seen as a significant show of strength for the alliance, and Gandhi's absence may be felt by the opposition parties.

Key Takeaways

  • Rahul Gandhi cancels Kerala election events due to food poisoning
  • Gandhi also misses INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi due to sudden illness
  • Congress president Kharge attends Ranchi rally in Gandhi's absence
  • Arrests of opposition leaders a flashpoint ahead of Lok Sabha polls
  • Gandhi's absence may impact Congress campaign in Kerala and INDIA bloc