After his massive victory from Wayanad in the May 2019 elections, Rahul Gandhi returned to his Lok Sabha constituency twice in the past few months. His first visit, after the initial thanksgiving tour, was during the floods in August that led to massive landslides and loss of life in two hill-side hamlets, at Mepadi in Waynad and Nilambur in Malappuram district.
Rahul Gandhi was one of the first major politicians to visit the sites of tragedies and he took the lead to organise rescue and relief efforts. He also arranged massive amounts of relief material from other parts of the country. Landslides have become a regular feature in the hill regions in Western Ghats and its environs, consuming many lives every year. The two landslides in his constituency underscored its fragile ecology and the serious environmental challenges it faces.
The last visit happened last week, when he came to meet the activists sitting on a satyagraha on the national highway connecting Wayanad to Mysore in Karnataka—a road that goes through the Bandipur reserve forests and lying contiguous to the Nagarhole National Tiger park. The protests, including the road picketing was an impromptu affair, ostensibly launched in protest against the proposal to shut down the highway.