March 6, 2021

DK Shivakumar, Thought-about Congress’ Man-Friday, Formally Takes Cost of Celebration’s Karnataka Unit

Congress leader DK Shivakumar ahead of taking charge as party's Karnataka Congress unit.

Congress chief DK Shivakumar forward of taking cost as occasion’s Karnataka Congress unit.

The Congress excessive command had on March 11 appointed Shivakumar, a six-time MLA, recognized to be the Congress’s chief troubleshooter in disaster conditions, changing Dinesh Gundu Rao because the KPCC chief.

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DK Shivakumar on Thursday formally took cost as president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee after over three months since he was appointed to the publish.

Referred to as “Pratijna Dina”, the operate to mark the official take-over of Shivakumar as president, together with Eshwar Khandre, Salim Ahmed and Satish Jarkiholi as working presidents of KPCC, is claimed to have been digitally witnessed by lakhs of individuals from over 15,000 locations.

Following the restrictions in place to regulate the unfold of coronavirus, the ceremony was organised on the occasion’s new workplace constructing.

Aimed toward mobilising the occasion leaders and cadre, preparations had been made at panchayat and ward-level throughout the state to see to that they’re a part of the operate by way of stay telecast on TV channels, Zoom, YouTube and social media.

The official take-over noticed speedy previous president Dinesh Gundu Rao handing over the Congress flag to Shivakumar, and this was adopted by occasion employees throughout places, who had been digitally watching the operate, taking oath and studying the preamble of the Structure.

The ceremony was held on Thursday after it was postponed thrice on account of COVID-19 associated restrictions in place.

The Congress excessive command had on March 11 appointed Shivakumar, a six-time MLA, recognized to be the Congress’s chief troubleshooter in disaster conditions, changing Dinesh Gundu Rao because the KPCC chief.

Rao had stop the publish in December after the occasion’s dismal present of profitable solely two of the 15 seats within the bypolls.

A written message by AICC president Sonia Gandhi was learn out by occasion normal secretary KC Venugopal by which she appreciated the even handed use of expertise to mobilise the employees and leaders.

Former Congress nationwide president Rahul Gandhi telephoned Shivakumar and requested him to work for the occasion’s success by taking everybody collectively.

Venugopal, Chief of Opposition Siddaramaiah, senior chief Mallikarjun Kharge, former state Congress presidents, former and current occasion legislators and MPs, Congress leaders from neighbouring states had been amongst others who attended the operate, just about.

Addressing the partymen, Shivakumar, vowing to transform Congress in Karnataka as a cadre-based occasion, mentioned he was only a occasion employee and believes in collective management.

“Becoming a member of collectively is the start, considering collectively is progress, working collectively is success,” he mentioned, whereas remembering that he was being written off throughout his arrest in a cash laundering case, however Sonia Gandhi picked him for the publish and even got here to jail and hung out with him.

Stating that Congress ought to come to energy once more by itself within the state, Shivakumar spoke about implementing the Kerala mannequin.

“There’s the Kerala mannequin. All massive leaders there should symbolize their sales space. We’ve got to comply with the Kerala mannequin…,” he mentioned.

It was not a straightforward path for the Vokkaliga sturdy man to develop into the KPCC president, as there was opposition from inside. He continues to have a tricky process forward in taking collectively the faction-ridden occasion.

There have been stories of Siddarmaiah being in favour of certainly one of his confidantes to be made state president.

In line with many occasion insiders, he’s mentioned to be the person behind the thought of three working presidents seen as a transfer to loosen Shivakumar’s grip on the occasion.

A number of different leaders had additionally opposed Shivakumar’s identify, citing his current arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a cash laundering case.

Nevertheless, Shivakumar’s loyalty, roles that he has performed within the occasion’s curiosity throughout troubled instances, labored in his favour.

Many really feel his appointment would assist in consolidating the occasion in southern elements of the state, the place Vokkaligas are in massive quantity.

Thought-about as Congress’s man Friday, Shivakumar had hosted occasion legislators from Gujarat right here in 2017 to make sure the victory of AICC chief Ahmed Patel within the Rajya Sabha elections.

He was a key hyperlink within the Congress-JDS coalition and had made hectic makes an attempt to forestall the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy-led authorities final yr after a bit of the then ruling MLAs revolted.

Talking on the take-over operate, Siddaramaiah mentioned, “Our goal is to take away BJP and produce Congress to energy as soon as once more to avoid wasting the nation.”

He lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of mendacity and betraying the individuals. He hit out on the authorities for its dealing with of COVID disaster and economic system.