New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed gratitude to the people of Wayanad for choosing him as their representative in the Lok Sabha.
Gandhi, who netted 7, 05,034 votes in Wayanad, tweeted in Malayalam saying, "I honour the decision of the people of the country. I congratulate all the winners. I wish to thank all the people of Wayanad who have chosen me as your representative. I also extend my thanks to each and every Congress worker for their hard work and efforts in this election."
Gandhi won by 4, 31,063 votes against his nearest rival Left Democratic Front (LDF)`s PP Suneer in the constituency. However, the Congress President lost his family stronghold Amethi parliamentary constituency by BJP leader Smriti Irani.
Amethi is considered a stronghold of Congress. The party has not been defeated here in the last three decades, except in 1998. Smriti Irani defeated Gandhi by 55,120 votes.
The BJP leader managed to rake in 4, 67,598 while the Congress chief could only pick up 4, 12, 867 votes. Rahul had been winning Amethi since 2004.
In 2014 elections, the Congress President had defeated Irani in the seat with a margin of more than one lakh votes.