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Bengaluru, Oct 11 : Opposition Leader in the Karnataka Assembly, Siddaramaiah, on Monday suggested Rahul Gandhi to take over the mantle of AICC president as early as possible.
“I have suggested many times to Rahul ji that he should become the president of AICC. It is not that Sonia ji is not capable of discharging the duties of the party president. Sonia ji is not keeping good health. So, I suggested that Rahul ji should take over as early as possible,” he told reporters here.
Siddaramaiah was reacting to a query on the crucial October 16 Congress Working Committee meeting, which is likely to give a nod to elections for electing a new party president. However, it remains to be seen if Rahul Gandhi will contest the party’s presidential election.
The Congress scion had quit as party’s president in 2019 and since then Sonia Gandhi has been the interim president. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and Anand Sharma, who are a part of G-23, are among the CWC members. The group has been demanding organizational polls in the party, but it is in a minority and it is unlikely that they can meet their demands without Sonia Gandhi’s consent. The G-23 also had raised concerns over high-profile exits from the party.
On allegations that he has had a sudden change of heart for former chief minister BS Yediyurappa during I-T raids on his close aide Umesh, Siddaramaiah said Yediyurappa is not the chief minister, but it does not mean that he is not levelling allegations against the government led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. “I do not love or hate Yediyurappa. I am making allegations based only on issues. Mr Basavaraj Bommai is the chief minister now. Yediyurappa isn’t. It doesn’t mean that I am not making allegations against the government. I am making allegations when it is indulging in corruption,” he said.
Replying to a query, Siddaramaiah said that the race between Minister V Somanna and R Ashoka is not just for getting the Bengaluru Development portfolio which gets a grant of Rs 6,000 crore but for various other benefits. “But, has the state government got Rs 6,000 crore to be allocated for taking up development works in Bengaluru? They do not have it. You see, more than jostling for Bengaluru Development portfolio which gets Rs 6,000 crore grant, they are doing it for enjoying other benefits,” he said.