Bangalore: Krishna Byregowda on Thursday took over as president of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee. He represents Vemgal Assembly constituency in Kolar district. The function was attended by a large number of party workers, particularly the youth.
The 34-year-old Mr. Gowda is the son of the late Janata Dal leader C. Byre Gowda. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly after the death of his father. He later joined the Congress and retained the seat in 2004.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge, leaders of the Opposition in the legislature N. Dharam Singh and H.K. Patil and other senior leaders were present at the function. They extended full cooperation to Mr. Byregowda in his endeavour to rejuvenate the Youth Congress in the State.
Sadanand V. Danganavar, hailing from the north Karnataka region, who held the post for about six months, handed over charge to Mr. Byregowda. Mr. Byregowda was welcomed at the airport by the party workers led by the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar, MLA, and was brought to the party office.
Mr. Byregowda said he wanted to speed up the ongoing membership drive, which should give him an opportunity to get to know the pulse of the people.
All the roads around the Congress office such as Queen’s Road, Cunningham Road and Miller’s Tank Bund Road were blocked by vehicles of the Congress leaders and party workers, leaving other road users stranded for over an hour.
Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, who addressed the meeting, exhorted the partymen to mobilise public opinion for the removal of the Bharatiya Janata Dal-Janata Dal (S) Government in the interest of the people.
Mr. Kharge called upon the Youth Congress workers to protect the rights and privileges of Dalits, minorities and backward classes.
Mr. Dharam Singh and the former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, advised Mr. Byregowda to take up a programme to wean away youths who were gradually drifting towards the BJP.
Mr. Siddaramaiah criticised the BJP for “saffronising” society and the administration with the help of Hindutva organisations such as Bajrang Dal, Hindu Mahasabha, Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The Congress, with its secular credentials, he said, was the only hope for the people.
The former Railway Minister, C.K. Jaffer Sharief, called upon Mr. Byregowda to take up the programme against the BJP’s communal agenda in the State and strengthen secular forces.