Congress poll tour from Dec 27, KPCC chief to visit seats held by Oppn

Congress poll tour from Dec 27, KPCC chief to visit seats held by Oppn

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) will start its poll campaign from December 27 in Assembly constituencies held by Opposition parties.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is scheduled to start his government-sponsored tour on December 13, which will cover Assembly segments represented by the Congress.

"The party's campaign in Assembly constituencies where the Congress candidates lost in the 2013 election will start on December 27. Congress party leaders will participate," KPCC president G Parameshwara told reporters here on Tuesday.

Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara had been at loggerheads over taking out the party campaign across the state. When their spat became public, AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal stepped in to sort it out thus: Siddaramaiah will visit Congress-held constituencies and Parameshwara will tour non-Congress constituencies.

The party hopes to bring Rahul Gandhi to the poll-bound Karnataka soon after he is coronated as the Congress president. "Rahul is slated to take charge as AICC president on December 16. I'm going to Delhi that day. We will organise a mega event either in Bengaluru or Chikkamagaluru where Rahul will participate. The mega event will be held wherever Rahul wants it to be," Parameshwara said.

Meets Anjaneya

Parameshwara on Tuesday rushed to meet Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya, who on Monday evening led a protest with a delegation of Dalit (left hand) leaders demanding implementation of the Justice A J Sadashiva commission report on internal reservation.

Parameshwara advised Anjaneya to tread cautiously on the issue as it could damage the party's image ahead of the polls.

The Sadashiva commission, which submitted its report in 2012, has recommended reclassification of the SCs into four groups - right, left, touchables and other SCs - for equitable distribution of the existing 15% reservation. Parameshwara, however, told reporters that he paid Anjaneya "a cordial visit."

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