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Bengaluru: Siddaramaiah wants Rahul to contest LS polls from Karnataka; slams BJP over Ram Mandir


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Mar 15: Former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday March 15 said the Karnataka Congress
wants party president Rahul Gandhi to consider contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections from the state.

In a tweet, the former CM called Rahul Gandhi the 'next Prime Minister of India', while recalling that his grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka in the past.

"Karnataka has always supported & encouraged @INCIndia leaders. It has been proved in case of Smt. Indira ji & Smt. Sonia ji. We also want our next Prime Minister of India Shri. @RahulGandhi to contest from Karnataka & herald new developmental paradigm. #RaGaFromKarnataka," Siddaramaiah tweeted.


While Indira Gandhi had scripted her political comeback from Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka by winning the Lok Sabha bypolls in 1978, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi had contested and won from Ballari in 1999, trouncing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sushma Swaraj.

Interestingly, the Congress has ceded the Chikkamagaluru seat to its alliance partner Janata Dal (Secular) this time, while Ballari remains with the grand old party.

Siddaramaiah's tweet has come amid reports about the pressure within the Congress for Rahul Gandhi to contest from one of the seats in south India.

The Congress had, earlier this month, announced that the party chief would contest from Amethi and Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli, both traditional strongholds of the party in Uttar Pradesh.

In a retort to Siddaramaiah's tweet, BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekar said that Rahul Gandhi should indeed contest from Karnataka as he may not win from Amethi, and also because people of the state would want to question him on the 'loot' and 'exploitation' committed by his party in Karnataka in the last six years.



BJP leaders pocketed money collected for building Ram temple: CM Siddaramaiah

Mysuru, Mar 15: "BJP had collected money and other materials from across the nation to build the Ram Mandir at Ayodha. But neither the funds nor the materials have reached Ayodhya. The money instead has gone into the pockets of BJP leaders. They have also not given any account of the money collected from the people," said Siddaramaiah here on Friday March 15.

"We do not oppose Ram temple. But we oppose politicising the issue for electoral gains. Since 1992, every election they promised to build Ram temple and fooled the people. In reality, BJP is not serious about building Ram temple," Siddaramaiah tweeted.



He also tweeted that to use the surgical strikes for political mileage was equal to "betraying the nation, and that is what BJP has been doing". "If we calculate in that fashion, then during the regime of the Congress party, there were 11 to 12 surgical strikes.


"Has BJP even sought votes in the name of development or issue of farmers? They play politics of emotions. They have not done any development during their term, so they are doing politics by using the surgical strike," he told a gathering earlier in the day.

"BJP is projecting that they have benefitted from the surgical strike. So does that mean before the surgical strike Modi wave had fallen?" questioned Siddaramaiah.


With PTI Inputs

Comment on this article

  • SmR, Karkala

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    By drawing Ram Mandir into election Karnataka Congress has trapped in BJP's web. This is exactly BJP wanted to deflect the attention of voters from its failed policies and blunders.

    Toeing the line of BJP, Congress has now turned to be BJP minus hate. At the same time, it will be too late to realize when Congress becomes saffron.

    Instead of Ram Mandir, former CM Siddaramaiah should have questioned PM Modi what happened to 'Toilets before temple'? Share the picture of his adopted Village toilets?

    The Congress if ever want recover from the 2014 jolts it needs to focus on unemployment, farmers suicide, health care policy, institutional interference, demonetization success, the reality of the surgical strike and Kandahar militant exchange by then Vajpayee government, lynching, Rafale scam, IL &FS scam, crony capitalist arranged escape with loot and so on.

    Mr. Siddaramaiah needs to be careful about choosing words. BJP is waiting for all opportunity to jump the guns. Don't drag God's into elections.

    Indian need jobs, health, security, and peace.


    Jai Hind

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    I have my own doubt. Whether its game plan of JDS Supremo to kill two birds with one arrow ???

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    We invite Rahul to contest from smart constituency of Karnataka where the voters are matured/ educated, entrepreneurs and multicultured...

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  • Barrister Vinod, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Sirji, its a very good idea. My reccommendation is Mangalore!!!
    Let him contest in Mangalore against Nalin Kumar ,Does the Cong has dhum in their xum to do this .

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  • Peter Saldanha, Udupi

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    no one cares him in congress, so he is doing chamchagiri, no ghar ka na ghat ka..

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Siddaramiah as usual talks in his sleep. Trying to.do.chamchagiri and promoting his incompetent boss ... just like he was promoted in the party.

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  • Sandhya K Rai, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Very timely move indeed - Pappu is desperately looking for a honourable bailout. May be he should fight from 10 seats. He may get a combined total to win one seat?

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  • B S Rai, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Of fact the only sure fire place of winning for Raul Vinci is Pakistan. Amethi or any other place in India, he is bound to be doomed ..

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    I think all these idiots are sending a wrong signal by asking Rahul to contest from a safe seat in Karnataka they are conceding that Rahul is going to loose from amethi. I wanted Rahul to contest from Varanasi take on modi as the ghatbandhan candidate.

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  • Rathnakara A, Shirva

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Umbe Pappunu lagaadi geppve!

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  • Kamalakshi Amin, Surathkal Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    So Pappu using his Trojans to invite him to contest from Karnataka as he is hell scared of losing Amethi to Smriti Irani 😂😂 Good Job Rahul.. Better option to run away from being a loser.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Yeah like someone said its staged, RaGA will now contest somewhere from Ktaka citing that he did not want to disappoint his Ktaka fans as they requested him. So its all set in some Cong strong hold.

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  • gautham, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Did you guys notice it?. All state congress leaders requesting him to contest from Karnataka. ( In Twitter). To me this looks staged. Now Rahul you will say he will contest from Karnataka due to the pressure from the leaders. So in an likelihood , he will contest from here. The only question is , which constituency. My guess is Bangalore rural or Bellary.

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  • Sudha, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    In the past as well ,Gandi family contested and won from chikmangalore and Bidar.What have they done to these constituencies.
    They win and abandon it, as in case of ameti and raybereli. No use rahul contesting from karnataka. They dont even use their MP development fund fully.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengalur

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    mention one single contribution of of all MP's in karnataka !!!

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  • Davi, Mangalure / Dubai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Best To Contest From Mangalore against Pump-well Flyover (Finish Before May) Mr.Nalin Kumar Kateel It good and see how is the people of Mangalore ......

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Rahul Gandhi is Educated & Honest ...

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  • KumaR, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Papu will defeat if he contest in karnataka.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Then Dare him to contest in the most educated , one of the Undivided DK Districts. Not some backward Bidar or Badami .

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    C.M. Ibrahim said in Karnataka Congress rally, Congress party will build Ram Mandir. I am sure, BJP will not build Ram Mandir as they have not done any thing for this in last 5 years. They have not even bothered to clean river Ganga. All fake promises by BJP. After all Chowkidar Chor hai.

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  • Fayaz, Mangalore /Dubai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    We want a strong pm and educated PM in centre
    Bjp proved in 5 years from them it is not possible

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  • SK, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    I think as per you remote control maun singh Or Pappu is the best choice.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Great idea!! Best against Shobha in Chickmagalur. Treat to Indiraji. RIP our George Fernandes, the builder of coastal Karnataka.

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  • Deepak, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    When he himself not able to save govt...how he advise to others.
    To save party after debacle tie-up with B team. In what capacity..he now address the same.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Now nidderamayya too knows pappu will not and cannot retain Amethi seat this time
    Unfortunately the Chikmagalur seat from where pappu's granny won in 1978 as been given to JDS. So pappu can join JDS and try to retain his granny's seat

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Smriti Irani is now trying to flee with Narendra Modi to London ...

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  • vikram Rao, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Take care Jossey.. don’t stress yourself

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Rathan, Mangalore
    Chawkidar Chor hai. Let's see, where Chawkidar will fight his election.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Harold
    You just repeat ing ur pappu's lines. First give proof and file a case in court of law and then talk. Your pappu is out on bail so we all know who the "chor" is
    Coming to MODI fighting from where? he will surely fight from Varanasi. Wait and see

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  • Deepak, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Let him contest from chamundeshwari and badami..strong hold of congress.

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