Congress banking on Indira, padayatras to win battle 2018

An exclusive control room will be set up at the party headquarters to monitor day-to-day progress.

Published: 22nd July 2017 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, CM Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal during a meeting at the KPCC office on Friday

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Congree is set to invoke the legacy of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and adopt its time-tested strategy of taking out a padayatra to win the battle 2018 for the Karnataka Assembly. The party is keen to replicate the success it scored in 2013 following a padayatra from Bengaluru to Ballari on the theme of “punishing the BJP” in the backdrop of illegal mining scam.

The party is preparing to celebrate Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary in November in a big way and hopes to ride on Indira’s immense “pro-poor” identity to establish a strong connect with the voters through padayatras.

The padayatras, to be held in all 224 Assembly constituencies, has been named “Indiramma-100.”
Apart from padayatras, the party has drawn up hectic mass contact programmes in the state for the rank and file over the next four months with a determination to retain power in the state. An exclusive control room will be set up at the party headquarters to monitor day-to-day progress in poll preparedness, KPCC president G Parameshwara said here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of 171 newly-appointed office-bearers of KPCC, along with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and AICC General Secretary in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, KC Venugopal, Parameshwara said, “The party will organise padayatras from November 1 to 18 in all the Assembly constituencies during which we will try to apprise people of the achievements of the state government and failures of the Modi government at the Centre. Special emphasis will be given to highlight Indira Gandhi’s contributions for the nation and her commitment for the welfare of the poor,” Parameshwara said.The padayatra will culminate with a mega rally in Bengaluru on November 19, the birthday of Indira Gandhi.

Venugopal on Friday allotted responsibilities to all the office-bearers in the run up to assembly elections. The state unit’s two working presidents S R Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao have been given responsibilities of two revenue divisions each. While Patil will be responsible for Belagavi and Kalaburgi divisions, Dinesh will take care of Mysuru and Bengaluru divisions. From September onwards the booth committees will have to start door-to-door campaign. “Our slogan for this door-to-door campaign will be: Congress march towards the people once again,” Parameshwara said.

“After Indira Gandhi centenary celebrations in November, we will once again start our booth-level outreach programme in December. Accountability will be fixed for all office-bearers and, to monitor their activities, a control room will be set up at the state headquarters,” he added.

Venugopal conveys party bosses’ displeasure over flag row to CM

Bengaluru: AICC General Secretary in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, K C Venugopal, has conveyed the party high command’s displeasure to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over his decision to constitute a committee on having a state flag. The issue came up for discussion at a meeting Venugopal had with Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara on Friday. Venugopal reportedly questioned the need for such a move which has provided ammunition for rival BJP to attack Congress. It was felt that the government has triggered an unnecessary row when the state is set to go for polls.

The issue could embarrass the party’s national leadership at a time when it is on an offensive against the Narendra Modi-led Union government over cow vigilantism and alleged divisive politics. The party believes in the principle of “one nation, one flag”, Venugopal is said to have told Siddaramaiah. According to sources, Siddaramaiah was on the defensive and said that no final decision had been taken on adopting the flag and the government was waiting for committee’s report.  Siddaramaiah has also ruled out early polls in the state. He blamed the opposition for creating an impression about the possibility of an early election in the state.

125 Indira Canteens to be launched on Aug 15

Indira Canteens will be launched in only 125 of the 198 BBMP wards on August 15 due to hitches in getting suitable sites in many parts.“We will launch the canteens in the remaining wards by October,” Bengaluru Development minister KJ George said after reviewing the progress of the project. Hitting out at BJP leader N R Ramesh, who had alleged a D65 crore scam in the Indira Canteen project, George said, “It is a mockery to see D65 crore scam in a D73 crore project. Those making the allegations deserve to be admitted to NIMHANS.”


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