Congress leaders on Monday displayed a show of solidarity by stating that winning the forthcoming assembly election was more important than selection of a chief ministerial candidate ahead of it.
In a function at KPCC office to mark the 95th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, state president G Parameshwar, former minister Motamma, leader of the opposition in legislative assembly Siddaramaiah, Union labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge and former union minister CK Jaffer Sharief stressed the importance of winning the election.
Replying to question on the party’s chief ministerial candidate, Kharge said, “The high command will take an appropriate decision at the right time. Do not divide us by constantly questioning us about declaration of chief ministerial candidate. Our responsibility is to create a favourable atmosphere in the state to register a victory in the elections. It is more important than who should become chief minister.”
He admitted that everyone nurses a dream of becoming a chief minister and it is not wrong. When asked that whether he would be ready to take up the mantle, if the party chooses him, Kharge stated that he won’t answer hypothetical questions.
The opposition leader in the legislative assembly said Congress leaders have rich experience in administration. “Even BJP ministers in private admit that bureaucrats only listen to Congress leaders. It shows how immature the BJP leaders are. Congress leaders have the capacity to get the work done from bureaucrats,” he claimed. Parameshwar promised good administration by the Congress party if voted to power.
Senior leaders MV Rajashekaran, Alkod Hanumantha Rao, Veeranna Mattikatti, MLA Dinesh Gundurao were also present.