The Congress sets itself target of winning 20 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in 2024

Drought situation in the state also came up in the meeting, transport minister said, adding that the ministers were told to work to face it.


Published Nov 04, 2023 | 4:44 PMUpdatedNov 04, 2023 | 4:44 PM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with Dy CM DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday, 4 November, convened a meeting with the ministers to discuss the Parliamentary elections to be held next year and has set a target of winning at least 20 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats.

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the meeting, attended by 19 ministers, the chief minister and his deputy DK Shivakumar, also discussed the severe drought situation in the state and no aid coming from the Union government.

‘No confusion about CM post’

There were no discussions on the issue of the chief ministerial post in the state, he said and pointed out that the Congress high command has instructed everyone not to speak on the issue.

It was a breakfast meeting, party sources said.

“Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar had convened a meeting where 19 ministers were present. The objective was to discuss the parliamentary elections next year. All the discussions have taken place. Our target is winning 20 seats,” he said.

Replying to a question on the confusion created due to ministers discussing in a public forum the possible change of guard, he said, “There is no confusion about the chief minister and the deputy chief minister. The high command has said that barring development work nothing should be talked about.”

“Since AICC General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala directed us a few days back not to speak about it, there is no question of giving public statements. So, you (the media) too should not ask such questions. You have to ask me only about development,” he said.

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Drought in the state

Drought situation in the state also came up in the meeting, Reddy said, adding that the ministers were told to work to face it. In this context, he accused the Union government of doing nothing.

“Despite drought, the Union government is not paying heed. It did not release even a paisa. During (assembly) election they (central ministers) were coming in hordes to seek votes, but now no one is coming though we are in severe crisis,” he added.

Regarding the Congress direction to the ministers to submit ground reports about the possible candidates for the Lok Sabha election next year, Reddy said it was also discussed.

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