He said they had appointed consultants to prepare the feasibility report for Mekedatu and three other sites and to prepare a DPR.
After its bitter experience in 2018 polls, the Congress seems to be handling issues related to the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community demands cautiously.
Amid talk of a leadership change in the state, senior Lingayat leaders in the Congress are openly backing Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
When asked whether he was being projected as a Lingayat leader, alternative to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Patil said, it was up to the people to decide who was the leader.
Congress MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar too said the party will work on getting all Lingayats in North Karnataka to support it in the coming days.
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He denied any infighting in the party over the matter and said the party will fight the upcoming assembly elections unitedly to realise the target of winning 150 seats.
The government should immediately discontinue the project and allocate the same funds to develop health infrastructure.
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Patil, who has raised a banner of revolt, has upped the ante and is likely to demand the Deputy Chief Minister’s post, conveying the message that he will not settle for anything less.
While the central leadership expected disappointed reactions from senior leaders, the proportion of the dissent is something that the party did not anticipate.
Though the number of supporters dwindled during the period, a few stayed back, raising slogans in favour of Patil, whenever other leaders arrived at Patil’s residence to pacify him.
To a question on whether the dissidents would meet the party high command, he said that no decision has been taken with respect to the issue.
Congress leader’s house was buzzing with dissatisfied MLAs while other party leaders were trying to placate him.
Ministers Vinay Kulkarni, Sharanprakash Patil and Basavaraj Rayareddy, who were in the forefront of the movement, which the BJP had termed as an effort to divide the Hindu community, lost.