Bangalore: Karnataka Congress unit chief G
Parameshwara on Friday held a meeting with party leaders from the
Lingayat community to dispel their feelings of being
In the meeting, which was attended by former deputy
Chief Minister M P Prakash, MLAs and MLCs among others,
Parameshwara assured them that "they have remained the
backbone of Congress party and there was no question of
ignoring or sidelining them," party sources said.
The KPCC president appealed to the Lingayat leaders to
sort out differences if any and strive for strengthening the
party, they added.
The meeting was held against the backdrop of political
instability haunting the BJP government led by Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa, who is facing allegations of corruption.
Congress leaders feel that the possibility of a mid-
term poll lurks over the state and the party needs to gear up
to face it.
A few months ago when Congress was in the process of
appointing the state Congress chief, Lingayat leaders had
urged the party high command to nominate one from their
community to the job, which however went to Parameshwara, a
senior leader said.