The Congress in Karnataka has a brand new chief – DK Shivakumar, the social gathering’s high-profile troubleshooter within the state. The seven-time MLA formally took cost because the president of the state unit, KPCC, on Thursday morning at a digital rally for which the BJP-ruled state authorities had denied permission thrice.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi despatched a letter appreciating the efforts made to carry the occasion consistent with COVID-19 pointers and recommended the usage of know-how to keep away from crowding. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra additionally known as to want him properly.
In a tweet, Mr Shivakumar thanked the Gandhis for his or her phrases of encouragement and wrote: “As we speak, on #PratijnaDina along with lakhs of Congress staff, I took cost of @INCKarnataka and solemnly swore to uphold the Indian structure & work unitedly with all leaders to serve the folks of Karnataka and construct a cadre-based inclusive Congress social gathering within the state.”
As we speak, on #PratijnaDina along with lakhs of Congress staff, I took cost of @INCKarnataka and solemnly swore to uphold the Indian structure & work unitedly with all leaders to serve the folks of Karnataka and construct a cadre-based inclusive Congress social gathering within the state. pic.twitter.com/D0bg8IQKfU
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) July 2, 2020
Citing pandemic pointers over political gatherings, the state authorities had earlier denied permission for the deliberate perform evoking a robust response from Mr Shivakumar, who questioned the BJP’s rallies in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.
On the time, Mr Shivakumar had stated, “I’ve requested the federal government thrice. First, it was Could 31, then June 7, then June 14th. I utilized as per the norms. I used to be given a written reply that as per Covid pointers they can not allow us. They’re misusing the catastrophe administration pointers.”
The pandemic meant that what would in any other case have been an enormous perform was scaled down on the bottom, although it remained very bold on-line.
The perform was held within the convention corridor of the KPCC Workplace in Bengaluru. It was attended by a restricted variety of Congress leaders and social gathering staff all of whom wore masks.
The proceedings of the ceremony had been telecast throughout 7,000 areas within the state via Kannada channels and thru social media web sites. The social gathering claims the occasion was attended nearly by about 10 lakh folks.
The choice to nominate Mr Shivakumar to interchange Dinesh Gundu Rao because the KPCC chief was taken quickly after the BJP fashioned the federal government in Karnataka in July final 12 months.
The BJP staked declare after the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition authorities collapsed as MLAs from the ruling coalition authorities resigned.
Mr Shivakumar, then a minister, performed an vital function in making an attempt to avoid wasting the Congress-JD(S) authorities by holding talks with the insurgent MLAs in a Mumbai lodge, the place they had been shifted to stop horse-trading.
Nonetheless, the Congress did badly within the bypolls held to safe seats left vacant by social gathering MLAs who had switched to the BJP.
After the defeat, Mr Rao resigned because the KPCC President and Mr Shivakumar was appointed because the president-designate.
The chief faces corruption prices and frolicked in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He had been greeted by large crowds when he returned to Bengaluru after being granted bail.