‘Appreciate how Siddaramaiah ran Karnataka govt’: Rahul Gandhi lauds ex-CM at birthday bash, says they ‘share special bond’

Appreciate how Siddaramaiah ran Karnataka govt Rahul Gandhi lauds ex-CM at birthday bash says they share special bond
Davanagere: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the BJP-led Karnataka government today, lauding former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah‘s administrative prowess. The remarks were made in Davanagere where party leaders have congregated to celebrate the latter’s 75th birthday. Mere hours earlier, Gandhi had led a key Congress meeting in Karnataka, urging the state leaders to work unitedly for the 2023 assembly polls.

“I don’t usually attend birthday celebrations. I’ve come here because I share a special bond with Siddaramaiah. Not only do I like him as a person, but I also share his views. I share his compassion for the poor and the weak. I also appreciate how he ran the government of Karnataka. He gave direction to the people of Karnataka. He had a vision for Karnataka. It was premised on the idea of fairness for all. That’s completely different from what we see today in the BJP government,” Gandhi said today.

The Wayanad MP said that the BJP was diving people and spreading hatred in Karnataka. The Congress in contrast had united the people and created harmony in the state, he added.

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Legislature party leader Siddaramaiah and state president D K Shivakumar are believed to be locked in a game of political one-upmanship of the Chief Ministerial post. However, party leaders insisted after the meet that there was no such issue. The party’s new MLAs and the high command, explained AICC general secretary K C Venugopal, would decide on the leader after winning.

Speculative reports however have named Siddaramaiah as the frontrunner to become the Congress’ CM face. Other names in contention are believed to be Shivakumar and SR Patil.

Apart from holding discussions on organisational matters and preparations for the upcoming polls, an unanimous decision was also taken to avoid speaking about internal matters in public.