2023 Karnataka assembly elections | Clash of ambitions

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The Congress sees a winning chance if it plays its cards right, but the competing chief ministerial dreams of Siddaramaiah and D.K. Shivakumar could turn spoilsport

ISSUE DATE: Apr 24, 2023 | UPDATED: Apr 14, 2023 20:22 IST

Senior Congress leaders D.K. Shivakumar, G. Parameshwar and Siddaramaiah at a protest against the BJP in Bengaluru, Mar. 24. (Photo: AFP)

Last August, much before Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra commenced from Kanyakumari, the Congress in Karnataka got into election mode with a show of strength that set alarm bells ringing in the state’s ruling BJP. The occasion was former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s 75th birthday for which his loyalists mobilised a rally at Davanagere, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in recent years, with crowds spilling over to choke the highway transiting through the town in central Karnataka. In the run-up to that event, however, the central Congress leadership was wary of one crucial factor that could distract the party from its attempt to reclaim power in Karnataka—the competing ambitions of Siddaramaiah and state Congress president D.K. Shivakumar.

Published By:

Arindam Mukherjee

Published On:

Apr 14, 2023



Source: www.indiatoday.in

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