Bengaluru: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who has come to the state to participate in the ‘Siddaramotsava’ celebrating the 75th birthday of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has started an effort to unite groups within the party. As there is less than a year left for the assembly elections in the state, Rahul Gandhi, who held a meeting with the senior leaders of the party, requested them to fight unitedly with the common goal of ousting the BJP from power in the next elections.
In order to show the party as a united force in the state, he advised that internal issues and leadership issues should not be discussed in public forums.
“The entire leadership of Karnataka will join hands and win the 2023 elections in Karnataka. Knowingly or unknowingly some statements have been made here and in front of the media. Don’t fall into that trap. Party leaders, inside or outside, should not speak in different voices,” Rahul Gandhi said after the important meeting.
The Political Affairs Committee of the Karnataka Congress held its first meeting on Tuesday after its formation on July 9.
There was no infighting for the top leadership of the party. AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal has accused the reports of a spat between Congress leaders DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah as a fabrication by the media.
While the tug-of-war for the post of Chief Minister is going on between the factions of DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah, former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily has said that senior party leader and Lingayat leader SR Patil is also a suitable person for the post of CM.
Clarifying this, Moily said, “My statements have been misinterpreted. Like SR Patil, I had said that we have many capable candidates for the post of CM.” But between Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, he slipped without answering the question of who is best suited for the CM’s mantle.
Speaking in an interview, Siddaramaiah claimed that he is an aspirant for the post of chief minister. “Yes, I am an aspirant. But it depends on the MLAs. We don’t know. The newly elected MLAs will take a decision after the 2023 elections. But there is nothing wrong in aspiring to be the CM. If DK Shivakumar wants to be the CM, he can be. The party high command has not decided the CM candidate yet. There is still plenty of time for that.”