Siddaramaiah Asks Rahul Gandhi To Contest 2019 Polls From Karnataka
Bengaluru: Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Saturday asked party president Rahul Gandhi to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka, remarking that this would befit somebody who’s poised to become “the next Prime Minister of India”.
“Karnataka has always supported & encouraged @INCIndia leaders. This has been proved in the case of Smt Indiraji & Smt Soniaji. We also want our next Prime Minister of India Shri Rahul Gandhi to contest from Karnataka & herald a new developmental paradigm,” Siddaramaiah tweeted with the hashtag #RaGaFromKarnataka.
The Congress leader reflected on how former Congress president Sonia Gandhi had emerged victorious against the BJP’s Sushma Swaraj from Karnataka’s Bellary in 1999. Indira Gandhi, her mother-in-law and former Prime Minister, had also scored a win against Janata Party candidate Veerendra Patil by 70,000 votes at Chikmagalur in 1978.
For 2019, the Congress has held on to Bellary while its alliance partner Janata Dal (Secular) have taken up Chikmagalur.
Meanwhile, the Congress has already announced that Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi and Sonia Gandhi from Rae Barelly, the party’s strongest bastions in Uttar Pradesh.