With Lok Sabha Elections just days away, the Karnataka unit of the Congress party has urged party president Rahul Gandhi to fight polls from the southern state.
“Your candidature from Karnataka will not only boost the rank and file of our party in the entire state but also in the South India,” the letter read. Addressed by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao, it further mentions that “the state had the honour of sending” former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the Chairperson of UPA Sonia Gandhi to the Lok Sabha in the past.
While Indira Gandhi had made her political comeback winning Chikkamagaluru seat in Lok Sabha bypolls in 1978, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi had contested and won from Ballari in 1999, against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Sushma Swaraj.
“On behalf of Karnataka Congress, I urge Rahul Gandhi to consider contesting from Karnataka the forthcoming #LokSabhaElections2019. He should be our representative from south India and for that he should choose my state. #RaGaFromKarnataka,” Rao had tweeted on Friday.
— Dinesh Gundu Rao / ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ (@dineshgrao) March 15, 2019
The Congress has already announced Gandhi’s candidature from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka will be held in two phases — for 14 seats on April 18 and for the remaining 14 seats on April 23. The state’s ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition has allotted 20 seats to Congress and eight to JD-S in these elections.