Congress bigwigs prepare for 2018 polls

Buoyed by the state-wide support soon after announcing waiver of farm loans, the congress in Karnataka has set its eyes on the 2018 general elections. Chalking out A plan for the much anticipated political battle, state congress leaders seem to have been way ahead than other political parties in the state. Evident to the fact, a high-level meeting of the congress party’s ‘kitchen cabinet’ was held on Monday. The late night meeting has set tongues wagging in the state’s political circles.

The core team of the party comprising CM Siddaramaiah, KPCC President G Parameshwara, party in-charge KC Venugopal, working presidents SR Patil and Dinesh Gundurao and energy minister DK Shivakumar deliberated on various party issues ahead of the 2018 polls. Sources in the Congress revealed to BM that the leaders discussed holding rallies at block and booth levels, strengthening the party base and assigning responsibilities to party workers. The leaders have collectively decided that by the end of July, the party must complete appointment of office-bearers at various blocks and units of the party.

Acknowledging that several decisions had been taken, energy minister DK Shivakumar said the meeting was held to strengthen the party base. When asked to explain further, Shivakumar said, “I am only in-charge of campaign activities and only the CM and the KPCC President will be able to throw light on the issues.”

However, a senior office-bearer of KPCC said all MLAs, MLCs and Chairpersons of various boards and corporations have been directed to strengthen the party base within their constituencies.

Active leaders to hog limelight

Determined to bring the party back into office, KPCC had commissioned a survey to identify potential candidates who can win in every taluk. “The survey team members have already interacted with block units and recommended names of promising candidates. The leaders did evaluate the strength and weaknesses of these candidates. A final call on candidates will be taken in a few months. Very soon, there will be a complete overhaul of the party organisation structure and active leaders will be given enough responsibilities compared to passive leaders,” an office bearer of the party revealed.

Both the KPCC President and party in-charge expressed the view that the Congress party, currently, has an edge over its rivals and there is no sign of anti-incumbency in any part of the state. “Continuing with the momentum, party units have been directed to hold rallies and public meets in all district headquarters to educate them about the works of the state government. All rallies in the districts will be held close on the lines of the mega rally that was held at Kudalasangama recently,” revealed a senior Congress leader.