A seer at a Lingayat seminary in Karnataka right this moment stated Rahul Gandhi shall be Prime Minister, till the pinnacle seer intervened and added a caveat to the blessing, sources stated.
The Congress chief was assembly the seers at Sri Murugarajendra Mutt in Chitradurga when one in every of them, Haveri Hosamutt Swami, stated in his tackle, “Rahul Gandhi will change into the PM”, as per sources. At this, Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, president of the establishment, is learnt to have interrupted and added, “Whoever visits our mutt, they be blessed.”
The Lingayats, about 17 per cent of Karnataka’s inhabitants, have historically been BJP voters. With Mr Gandhi’s go to to the poll-bound state, the Congress is hoping to broaden its attraction and venture unity inside the occasion too. The elections need to be held by Could subsequent 12 months.
After being in energy from 2013 to 2018, the Congress briefly fashioned a authorities after the 2018 polls, in partnership with the Janata Dal (Secular). That authorities — led by JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy — collapsed in simply over a 12 months after a number of MLAs from the coalition resigned, decreasing it to a minority, after which the BJP got here to rule to the state once more.
The BJP initially made BS Yediyurappa, from the Lingayat neighborhood, the Chief Minister. Final 12 months it changed him with Basavaraj Bommai, who can be from the identical neighborhood.
The Congress is battling a rift inside. Legislature occasion chief Siddaramaiah and state unit chief DK Shivakumar are each contenders for the CM’s publish if the occasion involves energy.
Rahul Gandhi sought to handle this at a gathering of the state unit’s political affairs committee on Tuesday night time, the place he urged the leaders to work collectively and never communicate out publicly, as per information company PTI.
Get together normal secretary KC Venugopal later instructed reporters, “There is no such thing as a management challenge in any respect. Particular person opinion can be not acceptable. The occasion’s new MLAs and the excessive command will determine on the chief after profitable.”
“The committee will meet regularly and take collective choices within the curiosity of the occasion. Rahul Gandhi appealed to leaders of the occasion to go aggressively and unitedly in opposition to the misrule of the BJP in Karnataka and on the Centre,” he stated. including that it has been unanimously determined not to talk about inner issues in public. “Unknowingly or knowingly some statements are made right here and there earlier than the media. Do not fall for that entice… occasion leaders shouldn’t communicate in several voices inside or outdoors,” he stated.
It was the primary assembly of the committee because it was fashioned on July 9. Moreover Mr Gandhi and Mr Venugopal, in attendance had been Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, apart from the occasion’s marketing campaign committee chief MB Patil, Chief of Opposition within the legislative council BK Hariprasad, and senior leaders comparable to HK Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao, M Veerappa Moily and G Parameshwara.