Housing minister Krishnappa upset as Congress sidelines him during Rahul tour

 Housing Minister M Krishnappa is learnt to have been upset with the state Congress leaders for sidelining him during AICC president Rahul Gandhi's recent visit to the state.

Sources in the party said the Krishnappa was not allowed to share the dais with Rahul who visited Mandya district on March 24 despite him (Krishnappa) being the district incharge minister. Krishnappa was denied the entry as his name did not figure in list of leaders to share the dais with Rahul. An upset Krishnappa returned to Bengaluru.

The sources said Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, who was overseeing all arrangements, took the centre stage. Shivakumar's aim was to project himself as the Vokkaliga leader of the party in Mandya, considered a Vokkaliga heartland. Krishnappa, who is Congress MLA from Vijayanagar constituency in Bengaluru, is also an influential Vokkaliga leader and a native of Mandya district.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also did not come to the aide of Krishnappa. On drawing his attention on the issue, Siddaramaiah instead asked Krishnappa to attend the inauguration of Bengaluru-Mysuru six-laning projected by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Bengaluru.

The development has come in the wake of speculations in the political circles that the BJP is trying to woo Krishnappa and his son Priya Krishna, who is also party MLA from bengaluru, to join the party ahead of the Assembly elections.

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