15:45 pm: Wayanad Election Result 2019 LIVE: Wayanad saves Rahul Gandhi embarrassment, gives him lead of 8,08,346 votes against the nearest rival. ‘Faraway’ (from his pet constituencies) Wayanad is the balm that Rahul needs after facing defeat at the hands of Smriti Irani in Amethi – his own backyard.
15:15 pm: #LokSabhaElectionResult #ElectionResult2019 Rahul Gandhi gets a face-saver grace in the form of Wayanad Lok Sabha vote count. He now leads by a margin of 7,22,827 and is inching towards the million-mark.
14:40 pm: #LokSabhaElectionResult #ElectionResult2019 Rahul Gandhi leading with 6,52,636 in Wayanad Lok Sabha vote count
13:50 pm: Rahul Gandhi now leading in Wayanad parliamentary constituency with 4,62,139 votes. Ever since the counting in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency began, his vote count has been on the rise. People eagerly await the final verdict of general election 2019 result.
13:30 pm: Rahul Gandhi is all set to be declared the winner soon as he sits atop an unbeatable lead of 4,06,869. PP Suneer of the Communist Party of India is his nearest rival. This seat was won by the (now late) MI Shanavas of the Congress and is vacant since his death late last year. Check here again for updates on Lok Sabha result/general election 2019 poll update, especially on Wayanad and Amethi seats that Rahul Gandhi is contesting from.
13:00 pm: Rahul Gandhi is emerging the clear winner in the southern tea district of Wayanad now. He has crossed the 1-lakh lead margin and taken an unassailable lead in Wayanad, the Congress-led UDF is leading in 19 seats in Kerala now.
12:40 pm: In Andhra Pradesh YSR Jagan Reddy is leading with 23/24 seats, and while speaking to Times Now, he said he has nothing to say about Rahul Gandhi, almost making his disappointment with the chief of his later father’s party. YSR Jagan Reddy had branched away from the Congress party after Sonia Gandhi chose Kiran Kumar as the CM and regional party chief after YS RajSekhar Reddy (Jagan’s father)’s death.
11:30 am: Wayanad seems to have voted for Rahul Gandhi in a big way as the Congress party chief is leading by over 1,00,000 votes. A margin of over one lakh votes means his lead is strong enough to be sustained for quite some while and perhaps unassailable too.
10:30 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been leading throughout in the counting in Wayanad, Kerala. The total rounds of counting will be 14 and while that is going on, in Kerala, about ere will be 14 rounds of counting. And while that is going on, about 22,000 police officials have been deployed to provide security across the state.
08:30 am: Rahul Gandhi is leading in Wayanad initial rounds of counting. The counting of postal ballots has begun and Rahul Gandhi is leading from Wayanad, Kerala.
08:00 am: Counting begins in Wayanad, as it does across India.
07:30 am: Three counting centres have been set up in Wayanad parliamentary constituency of Kerala and counting is set to begin at 8 am. Wayanad voted on 23 April. BJP is backing Thushar Vellappally. Will Rahul Gandhi have a walkover win here or will Thushar Vellappally give him a run for his votes? All eyes on Wayanad as counting set to begin at 8:00 am.
07:20 am: While it is known that Rahul Gandhi is not conversant with Malayalam, the native language of a majority of Wayanad voters, it was declared that Anil Antony – the son of former Defence Minister AK Antony would be managing the Twitter account of the Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Economic Times had reported that Anil, an IT professional, had told ET: “Rahul Gandhi’s office has started a new Twitter account – RG-Wayanad. His office has given me the task of managing it till May 23.”
07:10 am: Wayanad is also known as the Tea Town of India. The place also has a Tea Museum. The polling booths in Wayanad must account for the most picturesque ones in India.
07:00 am: While the general elections 2019 have brought the focus on Wayanad, there is more than just political angles to the place. The place is a bell-weather for environmentalists who have been studying the scenic hill district. Rahul Gandhi’s own party colleague Jairam Ramesh says the place will likely be hit severely by climate change. The report titled: Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Resilient Strategies, Wayanad district” by Jairam Ramesh says wetlands are drying up and the beautiful streams crisscrossing the district will be hit badly as climate change hits home.
06:50 am: Wayanad is a largely Muslim and Christian majority constituency and is touted to be deeply loyal to the Congress. The Congress’ rival here is not the BJP, but the Left Democratic Front (LDF), Kerala’s left-wing coalition of the two main Communist parties and other smaller parties. In 2014, Congress-led coalition had won in Wayanad with a margin of just a little over 20,000 votes.
06:40 am: Rahul is contesting from Wayanad as well as Amethi. In accordance with the Representation of People Act of 1951, any candidate seeking election to the office (legislature/parliament/any civic office) can contest from up to two constituencies. Should he/she be elected in both constituencies, he/she has up to 10 days to recuse himself/herself from one of the seats. That vacated seat then is again up for bye-elections.
06:30 am: Wayanad seems to have always been a Congress bastion. But trends seem to read otherwise for other seats across India for the Congress. On 19th May, the last phase of the general elections 2019, in the face of the exit polls that showed a wave in favour of the BJP-led NDA, Rahul Gandhi tweeted to his followers: “When the exit polls in Dear @INCIndia workers, Do not fear as you are fighting for the truth. Do not get demoralised by the fake exit polls doing the rounds.”
06: 20 am: Rahul Gandhi’s birth and citizenship records had been made an issue by the BJP after veteran BJP leader Subramanian Swamy published a document alleging the Nehru-Gandhi scion held British citizenship. However, the issue failed to take off and the courts settled the matter conclusively. A woman in Wayanad also came forth to say that she was the nurse ob duty when Sonia Gandhi gave birth to Rahul Gandhi in the Holy Cross Hospital in Delhi.
06:15 am: BJP isn’t much of a player in Wayanad and has not fielded a candidate from there. Thushar Vellappally, president of BJP ally – the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena – a party that is dominated by the Ezhavas, has been supported by the BJP, instead.
06:10 am: Rahul Gandhi received a rousing welcome when he arrived her for filing his nomination as well as when he campaigned her. This constituency has a majority Muslim population, 45% to be precise. On April 1, in a rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Rahul Gandhi of contesting from Wayanad out of “fear of Hindu anger”.
06:00 am: Carved out in 2009, this constituency has been a Congress bastion ever since. Congress’ MI Shanavas was elected twice from here (2009 and 2014). He died on 21 November 2018 after battling complications arising out of a liver transplant. When Rahul declared his plan for Wayanad, many asked: ‘Why a second seat and why Wayanad?’, as the move insinuated a lack of confidence in Rahul’s electoral prospects in regular Amethi.
Rahul Gandhi has been leading in Wayanad even as the counting of votes progresses and trends are arriving from other seats across India. And so it does in Wayanad, Kerala where Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting for General Elections 2019. Wayanad, the Lok Sabha constituency in northern Kerala awaits a verdict that many believe to be a foregone conclusion in favour of the Nehru-Gandhi scion. Wayanad, one of the 20 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in the state, became national news when Congress president Rahul Gandhi declared that he would be contesting from the seat in addition to his bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Wayanad voted on April 23, the third phase of the seven-phase election.