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Wooing voters: The former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagging off the publicity van of the Congress in Mysore on Wednesday.
Wooing voters: The former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagging off the publicity van of the Congress in Mysore on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Siddaramaiah launches party’s election campaign in Mysore

MYSORE: The former Deputy Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah launched the party’s election campaign here on Wednesday.

He flagged off the publicity van carrying the cut-outs of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing presspersons, he said that he would tour Chamarajanagar and Yelandur in the next two days and address campaign meetings along with local leaders of the party.

He expressed confidence of his party winning at least 20 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress has announced former MP Kagalavadi Shivanna, R.L. Shivarame Gowda, former Minister and MP Ambarish and former Minister H. Vishwanath for Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Mysore constituencies in its tentative list of candidates.

Congress leaders are happy as Mr. Siddaramaiah, who is said to be a force to reckon with in the Mysore region, has started campaigning ahead of other political parties.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, a backward class leader in the State, did not campaign for Congress candidates in the byelection to the Assembly from eight constituencies in December last.

He was unhappy as the Congress high command did not consider him for the post of Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly after the election as he was instrumental in the victory of 12 candidates in the Mysore region. Mr. Siddaramaiah waited patiently hoping that he would be made president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. However, he was disappointed again when the party appointed R.V. Deshpande as KPCC president and D.K. Shivakumar as working president. He kept away from party’s affairs till he was invited to Delhi recently by the high command for talks.

On the outcome of talks, he said that he hoped that the high command would recognise his seniority and contribution to the party and reward him suitably. Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the BJP Government in the State had “failed” in addressing the problems of the people and fulfilling the promises made during the Assembly elections.

“The Congress with a track record of good governance is sure to secure the mandate of the people,” he claimed.

On the decision of the JD(S) against aligning with the Congress in the State, he said that his party with a history of more than a century need not beg anyone for electoral alliance.

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