No leadership issue in Karnataka unit: Congress leader Venugopal | Latest News India

There are at least two camps in the Congress in the state, with leader of opposition Siddaramaiah leading one and party state president DK Shivakumar leading the other.

Congress leader KC Venugopal on Tuesday insisted that there is no leadership problem in the party’s Karnataka unit but termed personal views on the issue unacceptable. They said they will fight the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2023 assembly elections “unitedly” and come back to power in the state. Venugopal added the top leadership of the party and the MLAs will decide who will be the leader.

“The leaders all together took a decision on any … internal matters [are] It will be discussed publicly and it was unanimously agreed and supported. There is no leadership problem and if anyone gives [an] Personal opinion [about it] That too is not acceptable,” Venugopal said in Hubballi, where former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attended the first meeting of the state unit’s political affairs committee.

A committee has been formed to formulate a strategy for the 2023 elections, hoping to wrest power from the BJP and form a government on its own.

There are at least two camps in Congress. Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah is ahead of one, while party state president DK Shivakumar is ahead of the other.

The meeting of the committee was held a day before Siddaramaiah’s 75th birth anniversary was celebrated as “Siddaramotsava” in Davangere. These celebrations, which Gandhi will also attend, are seen as a display of his power.

If the Congress comes to power on its own in 2023, Shivakumar has sought the support of the state’s Okkaliga community to become the chief minister. Several MLAs from the Siddaramaiah camp defied Shivakumar’s order. He has backed Siddaramaiah as the chief ministerial candidate, adding to the growing disunity within the Congress ahead of the elections.

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