Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says Rahul Gandhi should become Prime Minister of India

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls too, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had pitched for Rahul Gandhi as prime minister.


Published Dec 29, 2023 | 11:24 AMUpdatedDec 29, 2023 | 11:24 AM

Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi at the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday, 28 December, said senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should become the prime minister of the country.

His statement came even as some within the INDIA bloc have pitched for Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to become the Prime Ministerial face of the alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. While Kharge has categorically shut own discussions on PM face, insisting that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance should focus on winning enough number of seats to form government.

“Only Congress party has the strength to address problems of this country. Congress alone can resolve the issues that plague the country. And for that, Rahul Gandhi should become the Prime Minister of the country,” Siddaramaiah said.

Addressing Congress’ 139th Foundation Day event in Bengaluru, he said, “Nobody in the country had done something like the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Now, he (Rahul Gandhi) is taking up the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s second version —the Nyay Yatra. That’s because not everyone has got justice in the country.”

“Everyone in the country— backward classes, Dalits, minorities and women— should get justice, hence this Yatra is being undertaken by Rahul Gandhi,” he added.

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Rahul Gandhi or Modi: Siddaramaiah

Asking the Congress workers whether someone like Rahul Gandhi should come to power or someone like Narendra Modi, Siddaramaiah said, “Forgetting all our differences, for the sake of the country, to protect the Constitution, to save the country’s multiculturalism and sovereignty, and to provide justice to everyone, we must fight together and bring Congress back to power.”

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls too, Siddaramaiah had pitched for Rahul Gandhi as prime minister.

Noting that some people talk of soft Hindutva, the chief minister said, “Hindutva is Hindutva. I’m a Hindu. Hindu and Hindutva are different…… Haven’t we built Ram temples in our villages? Don’t we worship Rama and do bhajans? I too used to go for bhajans in our village… Aren’t we Hindus? We are also Hindus.”

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