Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Wayanad, Kerala
Wayanad is among the 20 seats that Kerala sends to the Lok Sabha. A Congress stronghold, the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency was formed as recently as 2008.
The constituency has, in the two elections that it has witnessed (2009 and 2014), always voted for the Congress. However, the Congress may find it to be a tough battle this time around after the death of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president MI Shanavas, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in 2014.
The Congress will have to play its cards right in choosing its candidate from Wayanad if it wants to retain the seat. It is considered to be a safe seat for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and that is why it has a too many contenders for the post.
In the 2014 elections, Shanavas had won over CPI’s Sathyan Mokeri by a margin of 20,870 votes, a far reduced number from 2009 when he had defeated M. Rahmathulla of the Communist Party of India (CPI) by a margin of 1,53,439 votes.
The general elections will be held across India in seven phases beginning April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Here’s all you need to know about the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Wayanad
Sitting MP, Party: MI Shanavas, Congress (He died on November 21, 2018.)
Winning margin in 2014: 20,870
Runner up name, party: Sathyan Mokeri, CPI
Number of voters in 2014: 915,138
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 69
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,073
Number of women voters: 460,706