Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi is leading in Wayanad in Kerala by over 58,000 votes after 12.20 per cent of the total votes had been counted.
While Gandhi was nearing 90,000 votes, his nearest rival P.P. Suneer of the Left has just got over 30,000 votes.The Congress led UDF is leading in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala .
Gandhi was elected to the Parliament from his traditional Amethi seat for three terms in a row, but decided to contest from Wayanad in Kerala in addition to his stronghold .
Rahul Gandhi is showing Congress strength and presence in South India while the BJP has been trying to make inroads into the electoral politics in the state, eating into the vote share of both the UDF and the LDF.
The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency was formed in 2009, it has elected a Congress leader in both 2009 and 2014 general elections. It also has a majority Muslim population, a community that is a traditional voter base for the grand old party.