Staff Correspondent

Campaign for byelections to Legislative Council launched

Appeal made to party members, workers to ensure party candidate’s win in byelection

Deshpande appeals to voters to give first preference vote to the Congress

Belgaum: President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) R.V. Deshpande and senior leaders of the party, including Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge and the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party Government on Monday, alleging that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s was the “most corrupt” Government the State ever had.

They challenged Mr. Yeddyurappa to dissolve the Assembly and face fresh elections if he was convinced that his and the party’s popularity had increased after forming the Government.

The Congress leaders launched a campaign here for the byelections to the three Legislative Council seats at Belgaum, Dharwad and Kodagu. They addressed a meeting of party workers and Congress-affiliated members of local bodies.

KPCC Working President D.K. Shivakumar addressed the meeting.

The leaders appealed to the party members in the local bodies and the workers to remain united and ensure party candidate S.C. Malgi’s win in the byelection from the Local Authorities Constituency here.

The former KPCC president Allum Veerbhadrappa, the former Ministers Veerkumar Patil and Satish L. Jarkiholi, party legislators and office-bearers of the district unit were present.

Mr. Deshpande, who thanked the Janata Dal (Secular) and Samajwadi Party for extending their support to the party in the byelections to the Council, appealed to voters to give first preference vote to the Congress.

Mr. Kharge, who demanded that the Government immediately convene a legislature session to discuss the issues of development, said that Mr. Yeddyurappa was making false claims in that regard. He said that the Government was unable to spend even 25 per cent of the budgetary allocations so far.

Quoting members of the Central team which visited some of the areas affected by natural calamities recently, he said that the delay in submitting a memorandum to the Centre was due to lack of concern for the affected people.