Infighting in KPCC: Rahul summons Siddaramaiah, DKS to Delhi
Bengaluru: Put an end to the cold war between Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar, over future CM candidate, the AICC leader Rahul Gandhi summoned both the leaders to Delhi for discussion.
AICC has decided to step in to douse the differences between two warring leaders and decided to damage control since Karnataka is going for Assembly elections in 2023.
Though Karnataka in charge of the Congress party, Randeep Surjewala instructed party leaders not to give statement about future Chief Minister, the supporters of Siddaramaiah continued giving statement in favour of him.
On the other hand, Mr. Shivakumar held series of parlays with party MLAs and district office bearers regarding the reconstitution of the Congress office-bearers list.
He wanted to nominate his loyalists in district congress committees by removing loyalists of Siddaramaiah. His attempt to remove Siddaramaiah loyalists does not go well to former Chief Minister, who reportedly expressed his displeasure before the party High command.
Rahul Gandhi will hold meeting with two leaders regarding reconstitution of party office bearers. After consulting with both the leaders, AICC will announce fresh list of party office bearers, said sources close to Mr. Siddaramaiah.
To douse the differences between two, Mr. Rahul Gandhi decided to hold discussion with them on Tuesday, sources added.
BBMP elections; Congress explore legal option
Meanwhile, Mr. Shivakumar hold dinner meeting with former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress MLAs of Bengaluru city, former MPs, MLAs and office-bearers.
During the meeting, KPCC leaders have discussed about BBMP elections. Since tenure of the BBMP has completed six months back, but the government has no intention to hold elections to civic body. Congress has decided to explore the legal option, including the filing of writ petition before the High Court seeking directions to the Elections Commission to hold elections to BBMP, sources added. After taking legal opinion, the party would take action in this regard, sources added.