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They are the backbone of the Congress in the State: Kharge

Bangalore: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said that the Dalits, backward classes and minorities, the backbone of the Congress in the State, have been distancing themselves from the party in recent years. Addressing a meeting of leaders and workers organised by the SC/ST/BCs and Minorities wings of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee here

‘Big jolt’

Mr. Kharge said the desertion of these people had given a big jolt to the party, leading to its defeat in the Assembly elections.

Analysing reasons for the shifting of loyalties of these sections, which had stood like a rock behind the Congress, he said the leaders representing the downtrodden groups had lost interest in mobilising their support to the benefit of the party. He urged them to strengthen the organisation by striving hard and get them back to the party fold.

Power-hungry

He said that some leaders were enamoured of power and position in the party and not serious about helping it. Any question of occupying a room should be decided only after construction of the house and not before it,

Mr. Kharge added, without mentioning the name of any Congress leader.

Present

Senior leaders such as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande, working president D.K. Shivakumar, former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, H. Vishwanath and H.M. Revanna spoke on the occasion.

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