Congress workers and supporters on Monday celebrated the 95th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a function organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
KPCC president G. Parameshwara, who presided over the function felicitated five women — C.G. Manjula, journalist, Prajavani Kannada daily; R. Sundaramma, Director of Women`s Studies Centre, Karnataka State Women’s University; Kusuma N. Bhat, co-ordinator, Seva-in-Action, Unicef-funded project; Swetha N, sportsperson; and Narasamma, who served as ‘soolagithi’ and conducted 1,800 deliveries in rural tradition in Tumkur district.
Dr. Parameshwara presented each of them with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and a shawl.
He admitted two former IAS officers into the party — Ashok Kumar C. Manoli, who served in many positions, including as Principal Secretary to the Government, Department of Revenue; and S. Puttaswamy, who served as Deputy Commissioner of Ramanagaram district. Both the officers retired from service this year.
‘No mid-term polls’
Later, speaking to presspersons, Mr. Kharge said if any leader expressed his desire that he was an aspirant for the post of chief minister after the elections, it was his personal opinion and not that of the party. Asked whether he was an aspirant, he said he would disclose it, if the party comes to power.
Mr. Kharge said he was confident that amendment Bill to Article 371 for according special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region would be passed in the coming Parliament session. Ruling out mid-term poll to the Lok Sabha, he said that the United Progressive Alliance government would complete its term.