K’taka polls: Key Cong leaders skip campaign-commencing rally
Senior Congress leaders SM Krishna, Rahman Khan, KH Muniyappa and N Dharam Singh on Saturday skipped the campaign-commencing public rally of the party here on Saturday for the May five Assembly elections in Karnataka.
Bangalore: Senior Congress leaders SM Krishna, Rahman Khan, KH Muniyappa and N Dharam Singh on Saturday skipped the campaign-commencing public rally of the party here on Saturday for the May five Assembly elections in Karnataka.
Their absence is seen in some party quarters as a direct fall-out of the lobbying that was seen during selection of candidates, with the party struggling to finalise names.
Krishna, former External Affairs Minister and ex-Chief Minister, appeared to have had not much say in the first list of 177 candidates announced by the party last week.
Minority Affairs Minister Khan, Labour and Employment Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge and former Chief Minister Singh are pushing for tickets for their sons, while MSME Minister Muniyappa has sought `B` form for his daughter.
None of the four succeeded in efforts to get their choices cleared in the first list.
Kharge and Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, also a former Chief Minister, however, were present at the rally on the Malleshwaram grounds, but modest turn-out has disappointed the party.
Leaders, who spoke on the occasion, including President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee G Parameshwara and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, slammed the "misrule" and "corruption-tainted" tenure of the BJP government and exuded confidence of the Congress forming the next Government.
Siddaramaiah said a Congress government in Karnataka would establish a special court to recover money from those who plundered the mineral wealth of Karnataka, as highlighted by Lokayukta reports on illegal mining.