D K Shivakumar: Congress ready if early elections are held in Karnataka: D K Shivakumar

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said his party is ready to face the electorate in the event of early assembly elections in the state, while secretly mentioning November 27 as the likely date for the announcement. . Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the state later this week and hold several meetings with leaders and office-bearers, as the party prepares for next year’s assembly polls.

“Let them (Election Commission) make (announcement of elections) whenever they want… Let them announce tomorrow itself, this month, November 27 or March (next year). The Congress party is ready,” Shivakumar told reporters here. ” Answering a question on the possibility of early assembly elections in the state.

When asked about specifically mentioning November 27 as the date of announcement, he said, “We also get some information, as you guys (journalists) get.”

Sharing the details of Rahul Gandhi’s state visit, Shivakumar said that he is coming to Karnataka on March 31 to pay respects to the Gaddu (final resting place) of Shivakumara Swamiji, a prominent Lingayat Math, Siddaganga Matha in Tumakuru district. Will visit. On his 115th birth anniversary.

“After reaching Bengaluru at around 2 am, he will directly visit the Math and return to the city, where he will meet party leaders from the Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Seema at the Congress office, and at 11 am on 1 April he will meet the MPs, defeated candidates. , will meet the Extended Executive Committee of the State Congress, including former MPs and office-bearers.

Gandhi will also have a Zoom call with party workers actively engaged in the Congress membership drive, and a separate meeting is likely with the Youth Congress, Mahila Congress, NSUI and Seva Dal, Shivakumar said, enrolling around 47 lakh members. has gone. There is a party in Karnataka, and it is the largest in the whole country.

Asked whether Congress is displaying soft Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi is visiting monasteries ahead of the assembly elections, Shivakumar said the Gandhi family has a long association with monasteries and religious institutions.

He said, “The family has visited thousands of monasteries. Indira Gandhi had visited Sringeri Math, Rajiv Gandhi had spent a week at Sringeri Math. Even Sonia Gandhi had visited Siddaganga Math. ”

The KPCC president said he has asked Congress workers and leaders to garland their motor vehicles and gas cylinders on March 31 and post pictures and videos on social media by tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that on April 7, protest rallies will be held in the districts against inflation.

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