KPCC president G Parameshwara on Monday stated that former external affairs minister SM Krishna’s presence would help the Congress come back to power in the state.
Speaking to reporters at the party office after releasing the report card of his performance as KPCC president for two years, Parameshwara—a Krishna loyalist—said his mentor’s experience as the chief minister, governor and external affairs minister would definitely give the party an edge over the rivals.
It is left to the discretion of the high command to give him a suitable post in state Congress, but whether he gets a post or not, that would not come in the way of Krishna’s involvement in leading the party in the upcoming assembly elections, he said.
Parameshwara further said that the Congress is comfortable with changing itself to give opportunities to the younger generation. The party will not relegate elders to the sidelines and neglect them. “We juniors (referring to state leaders) have to work with him (Krishna) to bring Congress back to power and the power will be handed down to state leaders,” he said.
It will benefit the party to have Krishna play an important role. It is left to the discretion of Sonia Gandhi to accommodate Krishna in the KPCC, Parameshwara said.
When asked about Krishna’s leadership earlier, when the Congress suffered defeat in the assembly elections, Parameshwara explained that the situation was totally different then and now people wanted the party back in power. “Even auto drivers are talking about bringing the Congress party back to power.”
He further stated that the defeats suffered by the party in the recent past were not relevant anymore. “What matters is we have won too and today, people’s mindset has changed,” he added.
Parameshwara declared that the Congress would not confine itself to organising conventions on physically challenged persons or conventions of one community or religion to gain political advantage.
Senior leaders BL Shankar, Veerana Mattikatti, Roshan Baig, HM Revanna and others were present.
The report card released by G Parameshwara on the occasion of his completion of two years as KPCC president appears to have ignored the contribution of opposition leader in legislative assembly Siddaramaiah to the party. ‘Nadarakshana Nadige’, the programme launched by Siddaramaiah challenging mining barons Janardhana Reddy and his group, which brought the party back in the limelight has been claimed as the party’s programme and Siddaramaiah’s contribution has gone without a mention.