Bangalore: After deliberations between the Congress high command in Delhi and senior Congress leaders of Karnataka, the party has decided that it will fight the upcoming assembly elections with collective efforts. Now 10 months are left for the Karnataka Assembly elections. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah held a meeting with Rahul Gandhi in Delhi for the last two days. Congress’ Karnataka in-charge Randeep Surjewala and organization in-charge general secretary KC Venugopal also attended the meeting.
Apart from group discussions, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar held a one-on-one meeting with Rahul Gandhi to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming assembly elections. It is being said that Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar were called to Delhi by the high command to resolve differences in the Karnataka state unit of the Congress. If sources are to be believed, a section of Karnataka Congress wants that in the upcoming assembly elections, without declaring anyone as the chief ministerial face, it should be fought under a collective leadership. This will be done to resolve differences in the state unit of the party.
According to sources, the Congress feels that this time it is necessary to contest the elections under a collective leadership to challenge the ruling BJP in Karnataka. To get power in this important state of the South, the party should enter the electoral fray with complete solidarity. Karnataka Congress is going to start its election campaign in the state very soon. Siddaramaiah, while answering the questions of the media, said, ‘There is no difference between me and Shivakumar. Our meeting (with Rahul Gandhi) was only to discuss the future strategy with respect to the assembly elections. Congress will fight elections in Karnataka with complete solidarity.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar are at loggerheads over the CM candidate and organizational issues. According to sources, an internal survey was discussed in detail during Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with the top two leaders of Karnataka Congress. During the review meeting of the Karnataka elections, the Congress decided that its focus would be on door-to-door campaigning. Under the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders will reach the interiors of Karnataka and campaign for about a month. This journey will start from 2nd October. Rahul Gandhi will travel from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu to Srinagar in Kashmir.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 02, 2022, 08:49 IST