N. Dharam Singh, MP, has indicated that he wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bidar again.
“I will withdraw from the contest if (All-India Congress Committee president) Sonia Gandhi asks me to,” the 77-year-old Congress leader told presspersons on Sunday. He said he was aspiring to become an MP again and denied rumours that he was retiring to make way for someone else.
Asked about some KJP leaders wanting to join the Congress, he said the Congress had not invited any leader to join the party. But there were some developments among KJP leaders who were not willing to follow B.S. Yeddyurappa if he were to return to the BJP, he said.
The Congress would win 20 of the 28 seats in Karnataka in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Singh said, and added that the Narendra Modi factor would have no effect on the party’s prospects.
He said he had informed Medical Education Minister Sharanaprakash Patil about the problems at the Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, including vacancies of teachers and lack of infrastructure. “I have told him that students are on strike demanding permanent recognition by the Medical council of India. He has agreed to solve the problems in three months,” Mr. Singh said.
He said Bidar Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane president Sanjay Kheny had told him about the financial problems being faced by the factory. “He wants me to lead a delegation to the Chief Minister, and I have agreed for it,” he said.
The MP said Bidar was likely to get an FM radio station soon. “Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari had assured me that it will be sanctioned,” Mr. Singh said.
“The Rs. 500-crore special package for Bidar, promised by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar last year, was being processed. I have urged the Minister to speed up the process,” he said.