Unsurprisingly, BJP leaders said Rahul feared losing Amethi and Wayanad, which is a safe seat, may become his face-saver.
But Rahul isn't the only one who shies away from competition. Several political stalwarts choose a similar path.
Here are five of them.
Rahul won't face much competition in Wayanad
Since Rahul is in news, let's start with him. Congress leaders in the state opined Rahul's candidature will galvanize workers. After the announcement, elated workers even said he just has to file a "nomination".
Wayanad has always voted for Congress traditionally. Even a lesser-known Congress candidate has fair chances of winning from there.
Shouldn't the Amethi MP have taken up a non-bastion this time?
Gandhinagar has voted for saffron for years
BJP President Amit Shah is jumping into Lok Sabha battle for the first time. And he chose Gandhinagar.
LK Advani won from Gandhinagar six times and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was elected from there once. In the last three decades, Gandhinagar has never voted for a non-BJP candidate.
Shah losing from a BJP bastion is highly unlikely. Can't take any risks in the first innings right, Shah?