Bengaluru: Caste politics begins in state Congress as leaders eye CM candidature


Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Sep 26: Though the state assembly elections are still two years away, tussle has already begun among leaders in the state Congress hailing from influential communities to grab the coveted nomination for chief minister's position.

According to reports in a section of the media, leaders from Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities in the Congress are resorting to caste politics.

 

At one end, there is a rousing demand for a chief ministerial candidate from the Dalit community. At the other end, MLAs of Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities are holding their own meetings to discuss caste representation. On the face of it, it looks like the party is being organized. But it is said that the internal discussions are entirely different.

It is learnt that the main agenda of such caste-based meetings of MLAs of Congress is centred around candidature for the CM position if the party wins the 2023 assembly elections. It seems D K Shivakumar is leading the Vokkaliga MLAs while M B Patil and Shyamanoor Shivashankarappa are captaining the Lingayat faction.

After Dalits, BCMs, Vokkaligas and Lingayats, thought is also being given to hold a meeting of MLAs from the minority community to demand preference to them. It is said that many minority MLAs including Tanveer Sait are about to convey to Congress high command that leaders like C M Ibrahim was on the verge of joining JD(S) because of neglect shown to minority leaders.

Earlier, when D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah were at loggerheads the Congress high command had pacified them. A leader of the party says that the present development will create disappointment among the party workers.

Group politics within the party has started, reportedly involving Dr G Parameshwar, Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah, D K Shivakumar and M B Patil.

 

  

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  • Suman, Kundapura

    Mon, Sep 27 2021

    Why this kolavary? End of the day CM will be DKSheeeee

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  • Ranjan, rasik_ranjan@hotmail.com

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    One person One vote One value Not achieved this level of democratic maturity even after almost 75 years Possibly next 75 years ... Unless move towards ....economic social political convergence ( closer and closer) Difficult... Having mere economic goals ...not enough 5 trillion etc etc .. First transparency electoral bonds .. election commission not being a stooge of ruling dispensation....A .strengthened anti defection ... China moving now towards new thinking Common prosperity Not saving billionaires like alibaba Ever grande etc ..etc Some lessons ...

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    This tendency is not party specific, in India it’s universal irrespective of party. From top to bottom at all levels there is caste and religion politics. It is really disgusting. Money, power, caste, religion, party hopping, buying and selling of MLAs and in the process development has definitely taken a back seat in present day politics.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    BJP Ministers were Anticipating ...

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Thum kehna kyaa chahthe ho? ಏನನ್ನು ಹೇಳಲು ಬಯಸುತಿರಿ? ಕುಚ್ ಬೋಲ್ತೆ ಕ್ಯೋನ್ ನಹೀಂ? Kuch bolthe kyon naheen,??

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Sep 27 2021

    A change in Government ...

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    If this is the case then who better than the Congress twitter hero fron Delhi to campaign ? He is an ' all caste rolled into 1 ' leader. For starters he is a ' Pandit Christian Muslim '. He also wears Jhenuv over his jubba, ties a Rudraksh round his throat like a Cyanide Pill and does Lingabhisheka. He also reads Hadees and Guru Granth Sahib during leisure hours. He has also appointed a Dalit Sikh Christian as his Punjab CM. A complete Caste Package if there is one. Vibhuti Dhoti also he wears. His utterance of the revered Basavannas teachings ಇವನರ್ವ ಇವನರ್ವ ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ್ವ ನಮ್ಮವ್ವ and all are proof of his belongings. He can mske a clean sweep by the look of things. Yes only problem is infighting. Operation Hand, Caste everything Ok. Operation Brains... when??

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  • N.M, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    If BJP or Modi continues to stay in power then people and bhaktas will have to sit with a begging bowl outside the newly built parliament.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Will still vote for BJP or Modi as far as it burns you from down under. We prefer begging than Taliban rule.

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  • N.M, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    BJP will be booted out in Karnataka in 2023. You can then either hide or sit and beg in the name of religion.

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  • N.D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    NM ,, Booted out ??? in 2023? are you serious? You have been saying this in 2018 ,, Siddu was booted out from his home bastion Chamudeshwari and had to flee to Badami to win on Muslim votes. Similarly in 2019 RaGa was ousted for non performance by a lady in his 125 year old family strong hold and had to run down south to Kerala to win on muslim votes.

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  • Deepak, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    As a congress man and supporter I'm very disappointed. When election comes candidates are begging for votes after winning some don't answer phone calls, when they need help they call and ask for support. As per me if any one contesting for r corporater post he should focus on his work for 5 yrs. Not giving excuses saying I'm busy, my family member not well etc. We ELECT THEM TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS, NOT TO HEAR THEIR PROBLEMS. I'm still congressman no chance to support or vote any other party.

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  • Steevan dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 27 2021

    @ Deepak, Mangalore I really appreciate your comments

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  • Sudama, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Please declare first date when remaining Congress Legislators join BJP. Day-dreaming by others is not so new without any achievement from the past.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Why congress does not want to consider Muslim and Christian community leaders for the CM position? They did it in bordering states like in Maharashtra (Muslim CM) and Kerala/Goa/Andhra (Christian CM) but why not in Karnataka?

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Anna.. Lack of credential......

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  • Vijay Benedict, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    I have asked the question many many times, and was called a 'Bakth' and 'Chaddi'. Bro! We are just vote banks!. The usual 'minorities are in danger' , 'Modi is against minorities' stories are given to us and they pretend to be our saviors. The usual losers contest multiple times and are called as 'Tiger' everytime they contest. No wonder supporters are moving to other opposition parties!

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Majority / minority card ko chodo, be India first.

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    wonder who are andh bakths???

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  • A. Nazreth, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Agree with you, we have many leaders who have joined Congress but are still just shouting their lungs out during election canvassing for the past couple of decades. Thats the max you would go, Contesting is limited to only certain people as they are 'leaders' even if the loose multiple times. Its not or never was on merit. There are many capable people from the minority communities who joined Congress when Shoba joined BJP as a ordinary karya karta. What ever it is, today look where Shoba has reached. The ones in Congress are still there at the same level , same responsibility of a booth level worker. The same xhit is fed to hate BJP , RSS and its just emotional black mail.

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Well said , I too endorse your views.

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  • F. Pinto, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    Ramanatha Rai sings mapialla paad during election rallies. So that suffices for unity of all religions. So Relax!

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    This is called count one's chickens before they hatch. First of all its highly unlikely congress will ever get full majority on its own in near future. Even if it comes nearby, chances are HD Revanna becoming CM of Congress JDS re marriage if it ever happens.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    DK Shivkumar, with all his resources, is trying to revive the party in Karnataka to give a tough fight to BJP in the coming elections. Sidhu and team is hell bent on spoiling DKS's efforts!!

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    No yaar. DKS is trying to save himself by being the CM. He is always under the radar of IT and ED depts due to the huge wealth he amassed just by being a 'social worker'. So if be becomes the CM he is in a better position to evade it. But DKS winning in majority is a big doubt. The current generation of voters do not understand the strategies of these ageing Congress leaders. Thats the fact. Revival can only happen with young , dynamic , and non tainted individuals. This is currently absent in Congress.

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