Bengaluru: D K Shivakumar assumes charge of KPCC in mega virtual rally


Pics: Spoorthi Ullal/Silvester D'Souza/Harshini Brahmavar

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)
With inputs from IANS

Bengaluru, Jul 2: Former minister D K Shivakumar, took over charge as the 41st president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) at a mega virtual rally held at the auditorium of KPCC office on Queens Road here on Thursday July 2.

He vowed to bring the party back to power in the southern state with the support of its leaders and cadres.

"I am assuming charge as the party's state President with a promise to bring the Congress back to power in the state under collective leadership and support of our cadres," he said at the party office here.


D K Shivakumar receiving party flag in Bengaluru


Mangaluru Congress office


Beltangady


At Pramod Madhwaraj's house


Ammanni Hall, Udupi


Congress Bhavan, Brahmagiri



Kundapur


Udyavar

Addressing thousands of party's cadres across the state through live streaming of the event, Shivakumar said he was grateful to Congress President Sonia Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to strengthen the party and returning to power for serving the people.

"Though the BJP tried its best to finish me off politically by sending me to Tihar jail in September (2019) after misusing the Income Tax office and the Enforcement Directorate to frame false cases, I have emerged stronger with the support of the party leadership," he asserted.

Dressed in kurta-pyjama and sporting a white Nehru cap, Shivakumar said as he believed in collective leadership, he would take the help of senior leaders in gearing up the party for the next state assembly elections, due in 2023.

"I joined the party as an ordinary worker long ago and grew up over the years by working under the leadership of S. Bangarappa, S.M. Krishna, Dharam Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge and Siddaramaiah at the state level and under Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at the national level," he said.

Shivakumar said he would adopt the model of the party's Kerala unit to create leaders from the booth level.

Earlier, the 58-year-old Shivakumar took reins of the party's state unit in style, with hundreds of party leaders and cadres witnessing the event which was streamed live.

"Shivakumar took oath as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president on 'Pratigna Dina' (Day of Oath) inside the newly constructed auditorium at the party office in compliance with the lockdown guidelines, which restricted the gathering to about 50 people," party leader M.A. Saleem told IANS here.

Party's General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from the state Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, former state chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, former Union Minister Rehman Khan and party's women's wing head Pushpa Amarnath were present on the occasion.

"Shivakumar's loyalty towards the party is his best quality. We have seen many leaders desert the party in times of crisis. Despite facing problems caused by the NDA government, he stood by the party like a rock," said Venugopal, who is in charge of the party's state unit.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi also greeted Shivakumar and wished him in his endeavour to revive the party after facing rout in the May 2019 general elections and May 2018 assembly polls in the state.

The over 4-hour long event began with the party's rank and file paying homage to 20 martyrs of the Indian Army who died in a clash with Chinese soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley on June 15.

After hoisting the party's flag and reciting 'Vande Mataram' to invoke the motherland, party's state unit working president Saleem Ahmed welcomed all those at the venue and all those who watched the event remotely from across the state.

As per the party's tradition, Gundu Rao handed over the Congress flag to Shivakumar.

All party leaders and cadres took constitutional pledge as administered by Khan. Shivakumar led the pledge of loyalty to the party, with all leaders and cadres joining him in unison.

Terming the event historic, Shivakumar said that though he took charge in the presence of a few party leaders due to restriction on a large gathering, hundreds of party leaders and cadres joined him in the virtual world from 7,800 places across the state through live streaming.

Though Shivakumar was appointed on March 11, he could not take charge then, due to the lockdown.

Shivakumar's appointment came three months after Gundu Rao resigned on December 9 following the party's debacle in the Assembly byelections on December 5, in which only 2 out of the 15 candidates won, while the ruling BJP got 12.

Shivakumar is a legislator from the Kanakapura assembly segment.

Hundreds of Congress party workers along with leaders watched D K Shivakumar’s oath taking ceremony on LED screen, which was arranged by District Youth Congress Udupi at Congress Bhavan, Brahmagiri.

KPCC vice-president Manjunath Bhandary inaugurated the programme in Udupi. U R Sabhapati, district president Ashok Kumar Kodavoor, Krishnamurthy Acharya, youth congress district president Vishwas Ameen, Amritha Krishnamurthy, Diwakar Shetty, Y Sukumar, Kabeer Saheb and several party activists were present.

The programme began with the national song Vande Mataram. U R Sabhapathi administered the oath to district Congress members at Congress Bhavan.

Another LED screening was also arranged at Ammanni Ramanna hall in Udupi. Ramesh Kanchan, councillor Bailoor ward, Narasimha Murthy and others were present.

The oath taking ceremony was also arranged at former minister Pramod Madhwaraj's house in Kolalagiri. Prakhyath Shetty Amin, vice president, Vignesh Kini and local leaders were present.

LED screens were arranged at 176 places in 10 blocks of Udupi districts.

At Beltangady, Hareesh Kini, coordinator KPCC, former MLA Vasanth Bangera, Beltangady Block Congress (urban) Committee president Shailesh Kumar Kurthodi, Block Congress (Rural) president Ranjan Gowda, KPCC coordinator Krishnamurthi, social media chief Anil Pai, Sandeep N, Chandrashekhar, Theresa Lobo, APMC former president Bharath Kumar, and Youth Congress leader Shabareesh Suvarna were present.

Udyavar rural Congress unit hosted the zoom live session of the D K Shivakumar's swearing in ceremony.

Sarala S Kanchan, Robert Fernandes, and gram panchayat member Hameed Sabjan inaugurated the even by lighting the lamp.

Girish Kumar, president, Rural Congress Udyavar, Nagesh Kumar and other partymen took part in the programme.

Former members of municipal council and local Congress workers watched and celebrated the oath taking programme of new KPCC president D K Shivakumar at Fish House hotel auditorium, near Balayipade national highway.

Udupi block Congress secretary Jayaveer Fredricks lit a lamp and set the programme in motion. The recitation of the constitution and community oath was conducted in between the live relay as per directions from KPCC. Activists shouted slogans when the power was handed over from former president Dinesh Gundurao. Former members of municipal council and activists blasted crackers near Balayipade national highway, Udyavar shouting slogans in favour of D K Shivakumar and Congress party after S K Shivakumar completed his speech.

Former councillor Shashiraj Kunder, Sukhesh Kunder, Vijaya Poojary Manchi, Chandrakanth Nayak, Udupi block Congress vice president Sadashiva Ameen Kattegudde, Pradeep Kunjibettu, Congress youth leaders Neeraj Patil, Pranav Kasturba Nagar, Sudhaker Poojary Parkala, Bony Pais Saralebettu, Ganesh Shettybettu, Ashok K P, Harish Nayak, Dinesh Poojary, Anil Kumar, Supreeth Suvarna, Prasanna Kumar, Mohan Soans, Sandesh Poojary, Vasanth Kumar, Charith Poojary, Raghu, Sanil Kutpady and others were present.

 

 

  

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  • CHAIWALA, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Many Many congratulations to our LION DK Shivakumar. its time to throw corrupt BJP operation Kamala gang out.  The lion is here to show the people of Karnataka that it's going to end corrupt BJP rule very soon. All THE best Sir. We are with you and ready to do everything for you...

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    God Bless Respected Shiv Kumar Sir.

    Modi Sarkar Hatao Desh Bachao.

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  • Sangram sangam, Kundapur

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    For that people should vote
    Question is who wl vote congress

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  • Anamika, Kudla

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Do you know the voting percentage in last Assembly Elections?

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)) 13,328,524 votes 36.35% 104 Seats
    Indian National Congress (INC) 13,986,526votes 38.14 % 80 Seats

    Congress got more votes than BJP but less seats. So this is the answer for your question - Who will vote Congress.

    Unfortunately you people are accustomed to fake news from WhatsApp university and hence such comment. Sometimes you need to check the facts. So there are more people who vote for Congress.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Many dnt have mask, Many have Mask on neck, Many have mask with tri color, no social diss=tancing at all................ then blame Modi

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Modi's party is also not following rules... Atleast these people r better ... Modi's party members r celebrating birthdays and statue jayantis

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    I doubt yaar. DKS may be a nice guy, but he has to move on and give chance to others. Old tried and tested leaders cannot revive a party. Congress had to realise this after the 2 election debacles with the same team. It needs new and fresh faces, dynamic youngsters, with new ideas. Innovation is the key that keep people guessing , and voters may give them a chance. The age old formula of 'bashing' and 'lashing' at Modi is outdated and overdrawn. It has helped BJP more than Congress.

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  • SKK, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Expert advice by neutral bhakt. I think Congress knows whom to give the leadership to depending on their organising capability. I think your advice will be useful to the confused leadership at the centre. They need to give the leadership to experienced leaders like Gadkari.

    Wait for some time and let us see whether DKS selection is right or wrong.

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Mithun Rai is the best candidate

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  • T.A.Moras, Bejai,Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Jossey,Congress needs to be educated.

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    There is nothing left to congress to celebrate for, they are on a verge of being obsolete
    The party needs to be dissolved and merged into other smaller regional parties
    I wonder where is 'Bantawala da Pili'

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Anna,
    It's too early to write off a party which fought for decades and gave independence to our Motherland. If we are enjoying the freedom today it is because of none other than Congress party. Anyway, time will come and history will be rewritten...till then sing lala.....lala.....lala.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congress is Educated ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Jossey Sir, have you invested in Malaica?? 🙉🙊🙊👎👎

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  • Narayan Acharya, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Will someone tell our Malpe King that the expensive masks with respirators are most harmful?
    There is no entry for people with such masks in Mumbai hospitals!

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Don't worry about Maple King and his mask. He is not a unpad and knows what he is wearing. You worry about Mumbai hospitals now.....Narayana......Narayana.....Narayana....lala...lala........lala...!!!!
    .

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Narayana Acharyare, Malpe King living in Maple Palace Not in Dharavi or Sion Kolivada!!!!!

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Massive spike in our safe Udupi is expected.

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  • Jack, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Height of sarcasm as always.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    There are honourable War Veterans.

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  • Karuna, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congress party need to be complimented for keeping up the tradition of selecting persons who are 100 % capable of being servile, crooked and a dada to serve the interest of high command. Times have changed, this ex goonda of Kanakpura will not have any influence either in North or South Karnataka , only Gowda belt of Central Karnataka may vote for him. God save Congress party in Karnataka from going downhill further.

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  • Dhanyesh, Suratkal/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Hope closing ceremony will be done by DK.

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  • myna, mysuru

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    May God bless him with good health to lead the party to greater heights.

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    I am not a supporter of any party but its better to change in our state to ruled by blind people. Now the country is ruled on only 5he basis of religion, cast or creed.

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  • Ramesh, Kudla

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Your comments clearly shows that your not a support of any party

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Because of masks many regular members are not identified

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    All the Best Mr. D K Shivakumar.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congratulations to DKS, Congress will bounce back under his able leadership.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    since 2014 congress is bouncing for 10 year .

    to bounce back it will take another 10 year means till 2034.

    in 2034 who know what will happen

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congratulations Mr. D K Shivakumar
    Do one of the best job to raise the Party to come to power once again in Karnataka

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  • Rocky, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    This time DK shivkumar will chnage the Karnataka now itz in improper government he will make it proper as bfore

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  • Manvit, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Gundanna & Tada Nantara anna where was your face mask??

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congratulations to the KING of kings D K SHIVA KUMAR ,What a great honour is this with a red carpet welcome with flowers and perfume spraying all around and people rejoicing and dancing to the tune of music.We are with you .May god be with you.Wish you all the best.The future chief minister of karnataka anda star politician who can take bring prosperity to the state. A real HERO.

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Siddu's peace gone.

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  • Satish Kunder, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congress can make comeback only if they go to the basics. Need to go to the masses and work for them at booth level. Have regular interaction with the people and help in resolving the issues. There needs to be booth level workers than leaders. All Congressmen need to get Congress Sevadal training and Sevadal need to be organized at booth level. Weekly Sevadal Classes should be given to all congressmen specially youths.

    Congress ideology of simplicity and standing with the weaker sections should be put in practice. D K Shivkumar need to focus on orgainsing the party from booth level. People will support the party when you follow Congress Ideology in true sense. This support of people can turn into a movement and beat the fake nationalism publicity however strong it may be.

    People are fed up with the present establishment and this is the best chance for the Congress to comeback.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Mega rally. People don't need this. Please help the people on this hour of need. That will show a greatness of the leader. And what has DKS to tell about corona and social distancing? Nothing? This is just "showman ship". And this "ship" will sink..rather doom.

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Dude the entire country is sinking .. many have sunk already.. Miss MMS who upheld the country's economy when other country's faced recession... But now during this pandemic we are atvthe brim of disaster and our honourable ministers and MLAs MPs are celebrating burthday parties and statue jayanthis.

    Open ur eyes n see the reality around you...

    This is not the time for politics but for reality .. our government has failed terribly and m sure ur heart says the same too even if ur mind does not want to accept it

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  • Max, ShiRva/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    TIME FOR GPL FOR FEKUS... CONGRATULATIONS SHIVANNA....

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congratulations D K Shivakumar on taking charge as KPCC President.
    All the best in his new endeavor.
    Good leaders, political party and effective opposition is always necessary for success of working democracy.

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  • Gilbert MENDONCA, Udupi/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Congratulations D K Shivakumar on officially taking oath as KPCC President. I am absolutely sure that you will unite all Congress members to work for the party and next elections Congress Government will definitely will be formed at your leadership and Sr. leaders support form state & New Delhi.

    As promised during your speech that you will unite all congress members and work for the CONGRESS PRINCIPLES UNITEDLY. My best wishes for you and all Congress members to work from booth level for our National development and work for downtrodden peoples problems during this economic mess created by BJP government and also help people from this pandemic COVID 19 as most state governments left the migrants on roadside and without food!!!
    LONG LIVE CONGRESS, JAI HIND, JAI KARNATAKA.

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  • Roshan, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Looking at rh

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    All who present there are congress members or Tihar inmates ?

    Dreaming to change Karnataka or change CM chair ?

    Visionary ? VishaNARI !!

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  • Barrister Vinod, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Same old wine launched in a new bottle with a little bit of fanfare will have no takers.

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  • Pramila Fernanades, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Yeh.. even I felt the same when Nalin Kumar Kateel took the charge few months back.

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  • Barrister Vinod, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Why dont we try a new young face , with new ideas and innovations.

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  • A.M.Belma, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    You can join BJP minority Morcha if you want or JDS. You have this options. stop preaching for Congress.

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  • Pramila Fernanades, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    I said the same. But few people badly wants to get their so called parties name and want to prove that they are finally in the list of andh baktha.

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  • Anees Anna, Kudla

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    all the best

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Why you all experienced people hold rallies in this situation.... Corona tentacles covered all over Bengaluru.... Many are seen with the mask on necks... Please don't blame people... People see you and take you all as example....These politicians are bindaas buddies.... All of you get good treatment right? Here ordinary person has to roam hospital to hospital to breathe his last.... Children appearing for exams turned out to be positive... Phew😥😥

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  • Nagaraj Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Totally agree with you .The public is stupid expecting these politician will do good to State ,nothing each politician is busy making wealth & seeking opportunity take chair power .

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Cynthia bai, First you should read and comment on this link, (https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=726034 ) otherwise you don't have any right to comment on any articles if you are so concern regarding the present situation!!!

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Its the sign that in future Victories will be only in Virtual to congress ( not on ground) . Congratulations in Advance.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Chaddi mafia that toppled Congress coalition govt by bribing thousand of crores & black mailing through ED , NIA & CBI. Is chaddi & gang happy now. Whole gang from center to state is sleepless , pandemic spreading & dead economy mocking them. Face of 56" fading everyday. In future even virtual victory also doubt for chaddi gang

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  • munna, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Dont worry,Chaddi Gulamas already rejected by Indians in 2014.

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